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Springfield-based Land of Lincoln Goodwill is backpedaling on its recent decision to lay off a number of workers with disabilities. The move by CEO Sharon Durbin sparked broad criticism this week.

Amanda McCleary, 33, moves her tassel at the first graduation ceremony of MERS Goodwill's Excel Center high school for adults May 29, 2019. Goodwill runs the schools across the state under a recent state program.
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Three courses of algebra stood between Amanda McCleary and a high school diploma.

McCleary, 33, tried twice over the years to earn a GED certificate since dropping out of Vashon High School in St. Louis as a teenager, but the timing wasn’t quite right. When she learned from a friend about a high school for adults being started by MERS Goodwill, “I called instantly,” she said.

McCleary was one of five women in bright blue caps and gowns at the first graduation ceremony in downtown St. Louis Wednesday evening for the alternative high school program that started in October. A sixth student had to miss the ceremony for work.

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Goodwill, the nonprofit organization best known for its thrift stores, will operate a network of adult high schools across Missouri, with its first scheduled to open in St. Louis in October.

MERS Goodwill, the Missouri and southern Illinois branch of the job training agency, announced Tuesday it won a contract with Missouri education officials to open four schools.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 16, 2012 - Stuff.

It multiplies in dorm rooms over the course of just one academic year.

Now that year is ending and what are students -- and parents -- trying to fit everything into one car to do?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 5, 2011 - I was asked recently to come to a reception at the grand new retail facility Goodwill acquired and renovated at 3728 Market Street, just east of Vandeventer Avenue. For years this behemoth housed Famous-Barr's warehouse, and if you've ever driven east on I-64 on your way downtown, you've passed it on your right, just east of Vandeventer. Famous had a gigantic operation there, and from time to time warehouse sales would be announced, and the public was invited to pick through bargains of all sorts. Were you so inclined, you could buy lampshades by the dozen or enough mattresses to use to go to ground in a big gangland war.

Many Missourians may be familiar with Goodwill, an organization and chain of stores that allow patrons to donate clothing and other goods for sale to others.  It now seems that a former executive of the Missouri division of the company was benefiting more from the company than he should have.