After 35 years at Cat, Patrick Connor embarks
on a new career at Goodwill Industries, giving people skills they need to find
Patrick Cannon says his
philosophy is to help people help themselves. He teaches people everything from
filling out a job application, to dressing for an interview, to operatiing a
forklift. Patrick says he's helping
people develop skills they'll have for life.
“When we give them
something that they can then go out and get their own food and money and
clothes, then we've succeeded, that's the important thing," Connor said.
“They are all equal in
here. And they all deserve an
opportunity. I don't care what your past
is. You take these tools and you can
change your future," Connor said.
The forklift training alone
has helped many students land jobs and promotions. There's a big demand in the area for the work
and it pays well. Robert Harris was one
of Patrick's students.
“I had not obtained my
forklift license, I’d be doing a lot manually," Patrick said. Patrick trained Robert on
how to run a forklift, which helped earn him a promotion.
But Patrick says he benefits
as much as anyone. He says the work is
far more rewarding than he could have imagined.
“I never realized the great satisfaction there is in this. This is tremendous,” Patrick said.