Our Mission at Work: Meet Nutjaree

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
October 3, 2012

For 20 years, Nutjaree worked as a cook in a well-known Thai restaurant owned by her brother in-law in the White Center area.  When her brother-in-law got sick and passed away, the restaurant was forced to close.  So in 2010, she started looking for work and came into the Burien Goodwill to apply for a job.


Nutjaree's English skills were not strong enough for her to work in a retail setting, but a store employee told her she could build her skills by taking some English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at the Burien Job Training and Education center.

In the past two years, Nutjaree has taken ESOL, math and computer classes.  “This is a really good program with very good teachers,” Nutjaree said.  “In Thailand, I was only able to take reading and writing, but not math.  Now I love to study.  The program is very good for me.”

“Nutjaree’s confidence has greatly increased since she has been coming here,” said Elizabeth Acorda, the site manager for the Burien Job Training and Education Center.  “Now she is helping other students in the class.”

Nutjaree plans to continue improving her skills at the Burien Job Training and Education Center and would like to open another restaurant in the future.


Katherine Boury is the Communications Manager at Seattle Goodwill.

Add a Comment | Comments (4)
Posted by jeed chaiboonRUANG | Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 @ 07:18 PM

Dear Nutjaree,

It is very wonderful to see your picture and your personal file on this Goodwill web site. You are a very quick learner, smart and very flexible. We are very happy to hear that now you have passion to study. Thanks to Goodwill and Nutjaree's teachers for all the training that she has been receiving during the past year.

With all best wishes.

Posted by thai long | Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 @ 05:22 PM

It is good to see that there are organizations out there that providing programs that helping needy people to increase the skills to cope with every day life and to find employment. Thank you.

Posted by Ray Peterson | Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 @ 09:53 PM

I am pleased that you have learned so much on the computer. It was certainly a good idea for you to go and get training. It is nice to hear that you are helping other students.

Posted by Orasa | Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

Thank you Goodwill for giving my aunt the opportunity to improve her learning skills. I have noticed the big improvement with her English and also being able to learn how to use the computer and internet. Good job NaJuan keep up the good work. Love you.

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