In 1996, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. expanded its territory into Augusta, Georgia and Aiken, South Carolina, increasing the number of service counties to 35 to become Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). There are three other Goodwill organizations headquartered in Georgia and two other agencies in South Carolina. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA has been recognized with numerous international awards and is one of the fastest growing Goodwill organizations in the world
In response to the Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA President/CEO’s concern for meaningful skill training and education for individuals seeking employment, a concept was born to further fulfill the mission of the organization, “to help people discover and develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career development services.” In July 2007, Helms Career Institute and the Polly’s Hospitality Institute (the Macon campus’ culinary school at Helms Career Institute) were established with the sole focus of creating an educational model for Goodwill Industries that provides skills training in the culinary arts, medical/health, automotive technology, construction, and other occupational areas that lead to middle skills careers and a path out of poverty.
Due to continued growth, a solid curriculum, and dedicated faculty, Helms Career Institute was elevated to Degree level in May 2012 and has been re-named Helms College.