Upcoming start date is March 21 with orientation on March 16 and 17, 2016.

Admission requirements and procedures

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Possess a high school diploma from an accredited secondary school, equivalent (GED ®), or a Home study Certificate or transcript from a Home Study program that is equivalent to high school level and recognized by the student’s home state.
  2. Participate in an admissions interview.
  3. Achieve the minimum passing score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).




Administrative Office Skills Diploma Program HS Diploma or GED Required Math - Grade Equivalent of 8.0
Reading - Grade Equivalent of 8.0
Health Care Office Skills Diploma Program HS Diploma or GED Required Math - Grade Equivalent of 8.0
Reading - Grade Equivalent of 8.0

Applicants who do not achieve the minimum required scores, but are within a reasonable range, will be referred to Goodwill Literacy Initiative for free basic skills remediation.

Application materials: 

1. Application – Candidates pursing admission to GETC must complete an application. Please send completed applications to:

Attn: Lorretta Reed, Director, GETC
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Robert S. Foltz Building
118 52nd Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15201

2. High School/college diploma/transcripts or GED/Home School transcripts– Candidates are required to submit their official credentials that verify the high school diploma or GED was awarded. 

Admissions procedures

Once all application materials are received, prospective students will be notified to schedule and take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and to schedule a personal interview with the Assistant Director and lead instructor of their intended program of study. This meeting gives applicants an opportunity to discuss their educational and career goals, learn more about the program and program expectations, and ask any additional questions. It also provides an opportunity to ensure that the applicant’s goals and program goals are compatible.

After the applicant has submitted all application materials, taken the TABE, and completed the admissions interview, the application will be reviewed by the Assistant Director and faculty. An authorized representative of the school will notify the candidates in writing of the admission decision. Upon acceptance students will complete an Enrollment Agreement. Tuition includes classroom and lab instruction as well as books and course materials.

A registration fee of $25 is due upon entrance into the program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate and receive a diploma in a Program of Study, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete all course requirements including externship in the Program of Study 
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 
  3. Satisfy all financial obligations to the school

Graduation ceremonies are conducted twice a year.


All students are required to complete a 160 hour externship relative to their program of study. GETC staff work with students to locate an externship site that meets the students' needs, as well as the company's.

Past students have been placed in externships at some of the following sites:

  • Dress for Success
  • Duquesne Light
  • Early Intervention Institute
  • Garfield Jubilee
  • Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Just Harvest
  • Northside Common Ministries
  • Sarah Heinz House
  • Squirrel Hill Health Center
  • UPMC including Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC St. Margaret's, Physician Services, and UPMC McKeesport
  • Urban League of Pittsburgh

Placement assistance

GETC recognizes that employment is the goal for all students. We are committed to preparing each student to conduct an effective and successful job search upon graduation. Each student will receive career development instruction as part of the core requirements for graduation. This class covers such topics as resume development, cover and follow-up letter writing, finding job leads, effective interviewing, and strategies for career advancement. Job placement assistance will be provided upon request to each student who successfully completes a Program of Study. GETC does not and cannot guarantee job placement.

Some Employers who have hired GETC graduates:

  • Aetna
  • Amerisource Bergen
  • Diamond Cargo Express
  • Duquesne Light
  • Garfield Jubilee
  • Premier Medical
  • Squirrel Hill Health Center
  • United Healthcare
  • UPMC

Some Positions held by GETC graduates: 

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Claims Specialist
  • Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Health Unit Coordinator
  • Patient Information Coordinator
  • Receptionist
"Our experience with GETC has been fantastic! We have found a truly wonderful employee to add to our family at SHHC. The professional skills that Lovelette has brought to the front office have allowed us to establish new policies and procedures for job duties as well as new tracking systems.
Her caring for our patient population has made our patients feel at home, and they have openly shared that with us. Her willingness to go above and beyond is such an asset to our non-profit organization." - Alicia Lazarek, Office Manager at Squirrel Hill Health Center