Virtual Resources

NEW free resources available!

Digital Skills: Goodwill of Central Iowa invites partners and community members the opportunity to take digital skills training through the Skills to Succeed Academy online. These short, interactive training courses are FREE for anyone looking to plan a career, get a job, or build skills for future employment. Each online training module has different topics of interest such as choosing the right career and finding a job to maximize workplace success.

Career Pathing: We’ve also compiled FREE resources our Career Specialists recommend to determine which career path is right for you. Access the online resources here.

Financial Literacy: In uncertain times, we know that financial resources are a necessity. This free Financial Fitness program is designed to assess, educate and empower individuals to improve their overall financial health.

Complete with blog articles, interactive exercises, videos, and tutorials this program is available 24/7 and from any device so you can learn how to set and achieve financial goals.


In addition, these community resources are available to help.

Saint Vincent de Paul
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
1426 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: (515) 282-8327
South Side Location: 520 Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50315 | 515-282-8328
Assistance with food, clothing and basic needs, career assistance

Iowa Works
200 Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: 515-281-9619
Fax: 515-281-9640

100 E Euclid  – Suite #4 (Park Fair Mall)
Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: 515-725-3601
Local Iowa Workforce Development Office where you can access services to help you develop skills and search for a job.

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families
1171 7th St, Des Moines, IA 50314
Evelyn K Davis Center is a resource for job search assistance and also hosts the Financial Empowerment Center.

106 E 2nd Ave, Indianola, IA 50125
WE LIFT can help residents of Indianola with job search and resume development assistance.

Digital Literacy Resources

Self-Paced Learning

Some of these resources, including Northstar Assessments and Google Applied Digital Skills, require a username and password to log in.

Northstar Assessments 

Northstar Learning Guide

Google Applied Digital Skills*

G-Suite Learning Center

GCF Learn Free

Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum

Tech Boomers

*Sign up as a student and use classroom code G8KYKZ

Certification Levels

The GDCA certification process provides a path for learning and
growth as you progress through each level.

Bronze certification

  • Basic introduction to digital literacy
  • 1-on-1 overview of concepts with a Career Connector
  • Identify career goals and align with digital skills

Silver certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 25 words per minute
  • Introduction to foundational digital platforms (internet, email, Windows)
  • Pass introductory digital skills assessments

Gold certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 35 words per minute (career standard)
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional social media use
  • Demonstrate proficiency in cloud-based platforms (G-Suite, Microsoft Suite – Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Platinum certification

  • Achieve typing speed of 45 words per minute (advanced standard)
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic coding techniques
  • Obtain Google industry certifications

Together, Goodwill and Google are empowering people with the digital skills they need to advance their careers and transform their lives.

Technology is constantly changing, and having strong digital skills can lead to a successful job search and a fulfilling career. From strengthening basic computer skills to gaining in-depth knowledge of Google software, this digital skills program is designed to fit all levels of experience and interests.