Increasing Employment Opportunities for NPU-V Residents

Posted December 8, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog increasingemploymentopportunitiesnpuv 2016

The Cen­ter for Work­ing Fam­i­lies, Inc. (TCW­FI) and the Con­struc­tion Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion of Geor­gia (CEF­GA) recent­ly opened enroll­ment for the third cohort of Con­struc­tion Ready — a free, four-week pro­gram that will equip Atlanta’s low-income res­i­dents with the nec­es­sary skills, tools and sup­ports to secure employ­ment in one of the city’s fastest grow­ing industries.

Upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion, grad­u­ates may earn up to eight indus­try-rec­og­nized cre­den­tials and be con­nect­ed to some of the city’s top con­struc­tion com­pa­nies. Inter­est­ed res­i­dents liv­ing in the 30310, 30312 and 30315 zip codes must meet eli­gi­bil­i­ty require­ments and attend one of the manda­to­ry infor­ma­tion ses­sions held at TCW­FI. Class­es begin on Jan­u­ary 23.

  • Tues­day, Dec. 13
  • Thurs­day, Dec. 15
  • Wednes­day, Jan. 4
  • Fri­day, Jan. 6
  • Tues­day, Jan. 10
  • Thurs­day, Jan. 12

Since its start in 2014, the Con­struc­tion Ready pro­gram has placed over 300 peo­ple into full-time careers with more than 60 con­struc­tion com­pa­nies through­out metro Atlanta. Grad­u­a­tion and place­ment rates con­sis­tent­ly exceed 90% and more than 70% of grad­u­ates retain employ­ment after 12 months on the job. TCFWI and CEF­GA will also launch a Dri­ver Ready pro­gram lat­er in 2017, to help res­i­dents secure com­mer­cial dri­vers’ licens­es and access high-demand trans­porta­tion jobs.

The Con­struc­tion Ready pro­gram is part of broad­er efforts by the Cen­ter for Work­ing Fam­i­lies, Inc., a long-time Casey grantee, and CEF­GA, to pro­vide greater eco­nom­ic and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties to fam­i­lies in and around NPU‑V — a set of city neigh­bor­hoods the Foun­da­tion has been work­ing to revi­tal­ize since 2001. Res­i­dents here earn only about half the city’s medi­an house­hold income; vacant hous­ing exceeds that of the city; and home­own­er­ship is much low­er than city and coun­ty rates. With these part­ners and many oth­ers across the region, we are work­ing to change the odds and increase fam­i­lies’ eco­nom­ic suc­cess by con­nect­ing par­ents and oth­er adults to well-pay­ing job oppor­tu­ni­ties, train­ing, edu­ca­tion and finan­cial resources.

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