Goodwill Celebrates Record Year Serving Central Floridians


ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Goodwill Industries of Central Florida marked a record year in 2016, providing 49,670 individuals with resources and training to help them find meaningful work – a 16 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, the nonprofit placed more than 8,500 Central Floridians into jobs with local employers.


New and relocated Job Connection Centers, including locations in Apopka and Daytona Beach, increased community access to Goodwill’s services. Goodwill also hosted multiple job fairs and numerous job clubs. The GoodSource Staffing Services initiative for homeless individuals also hit its stride, placing numerous people into temporary employment. Additionally, Goodwill’s youth-focused programs provided education, mentoring and job-skills training to hundreds of teens and young adults.


“The economy in 2016 was continuing to recover – and, as a result, we saw a constant stream of people looking for additional and better jobs,” said Bill Oakley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. “We continue to focus on equipping people with the skills and resources to find meaningful work, particularly those with barriers to employment, such as a disability, lack of work experience or limited education.”


Goodwill’s services are supported by the sales of donated items in its retail stores. Residents can donate clothing, shoes, books, household goods and electronics at their nearest retail store or Donation Xpress. A list of locations is available at 

Orlando Sanford Announces Nonstop Flights to Aruba on Surinam Airways

Sanford, FL, Feb 13, 2017 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Surinam Airways announce scheduled nonstop service beginning April 3 between SFB and Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba.  The flights will also include direct service from/to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) in Paramaribo, Suriname.

The service will initially operate weekly with a Monday afternoon arrival into SFB at 4:00 PM and a Tuesday afternoon departure from SFB at 4:00 PM. Surinam Airways will use a 737-300 aircraft with 126 seats (8 Business Class and 118 Economy Class). Fares can be booked at

According to Diane Crews, President of Orlando Sanford International Airport, "Our customers are going to be thrilled about the advent of weekly flights from Orlando Sanford to the beautiful island of Aruba! It's vacation time!" 

Surinam Airways has operated seasonal nonstop flights from Georgetown, Guyana and direct flights from Paramaribo, Suriname into SFB since 2015. For additional information on Aruba, Guyana and Suriname visit, and, respectively.

Orlando Sanford International Airport is SFB:  Simpler. Faster. Better. - Simpler airport design, Faster airport processing and a Better airport experience. With the Airport located in Orlando North, Seminole County passengers wishing to experience Florida’s natural features need look no further. They will also enjoy the “Best of Both Worlds,” as the Airport is midway between Orlando’s World Class attractions and the World’s Most Famous Beach - Daytona Beach; both are 50 minutes or less. As is New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral. For more information about SFB, visit the

Seminole State students win multiple awards at Florida speech/debate championship

The Seminole State College of Florida Forensics Team (speech/debate) took home seven awards in the Florida College Systems Activities Association (FCSAA) Forensics Championship at Florida State College of Jacksonville on Feb. 2-4.


The team, which included students Rodrigo Alcala, Eliza Benedick, Sebastian Hernandez, Shemuwel Russ, Yithrow Russ and Meredith Slack, placed third in both Individual Events Sweepstakes and in Overall Team Sweepstakes. The team’s other awards in individual categories ranged from second to fifth place.


Intercollegiate forensics (speech/debate) consists of two classes of competition: debate and individual events, according to the FCSAA Forensics website. The debate events include Lincoln Douglas, Policy and Parliamentary. Individual events include poetry, screen plays, movie/radio scripts and platform speeches. There are also two categories of “limited preparation,” a situation where the student prepares the speech as part of the competition and is unaware of the topic until the event.


“The college’s team did an outstanding job representing our institution at the FCSAA Forensics Championship,” says Seminole State Director of Forensics Dr. Camesha Manzueta. “Each of the four students who competed in individual events won an award.”


Seminole State received additional recognition at the competition when Manzueta was named Coach of the Year for the state of Florida.


“The students and I consider it an honor and a privilege to represent our great institution, particularly within the Florida College System,” says Manzueta. “I am thankful for the great leadership of this College and the continuous support it offers to the well-rounded development of our students.”


Seminole State was one of seven FCS institutions that participated in the tournament.


For more information about the FCSAA Forensics Championship, including a list of this year’s winners, please visit the FCSAA Forensics website.




About Seminole State College of Florida: Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded nearly 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate.


Photo: The Seminole State College of Florida Forensics Team. (L-R) Eliza Benedick, Shemuwel Russ, Yithrow Russ, Dr. Camesha Manzueta, Sebastian Hernandez, Rodrigo Alcala and Meredith Slack.


Media contact: Donna Wright, 407.708.2694,

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