The Center for Working Families Launches Green Works Program

Posted September 10, 2012, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Center for Working Families, Inc., recently launched its Green Works program in Atlanta to provide job seekers with marketable skills in environmental remediation and green industrial jobs. In this intensive four-week training program, Southface, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and other training partners provide a combination of textbook, immersion and experiential training to qualified applicants at no cost to the trainee.

In early September, the first cohort of 10 Green Works trainees completed the program, and the Center now is recruiting area employers who can access Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Empowerment Zone Employment Credits and other incentives when they hire Green Works graduates. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Open Society Foundation provide funding to support Green Works. With this funding, 80 participants will complete training over the next two years.

The Center is a nonprofit working to ensure the economic success of Atlanta's families and their children. Launched in 2005, it bundles a wide range of essential services in one location, targeting many of its programs to benefit the adults and families living in NPU-V.