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Updated: 05/25/2013 08:00:02AM

Students complete Goodwill business program

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The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise program recently graduated 11 students. Those taking part in the ceremony included, from left: back row: Dorothy Browning, Michael Goulding, Lourdes Goulding, Rebecca Hutchings, Feneshia Postlethwait, Daniel Postlethwait, Lynne Kitteridge and Kenneth Guinta; and front row: Debra Card, Gary Shisler, Donna Gauntlett, Jean Kerr and Robert Blake Lewellen.

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Eleven students recently graduated from the Charlotte County session of the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise program, according to a press release from Goodwill. Each of the graduates completed a six-week, intensive small-business and management training course.

The class, which was the first MicroEnterprise session held in Charlotte County, was unique in another way. For the first time in the program’s three-year history, a class completed with a 100 percent retention rate. Graduates Debra Card, Donna Gauntlett, Kenneth Guinta, Lourdes Goulding, Michael Goulding, Rebecca Hutchings, Jean Kerr, Robert Blake Lewellen, Daniel Postlethwait, Feneshia Postlethwait and Gary Shisler all received certificates symbolizing their completion of the small-business training course.

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