The Learning Training Earning = GREEN Project

Posted by Green Jobs - On June 18, 2010 (EST)

The Learning Training Earning = GREEN Project

An American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Green Capacity Building grant recipient, Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE), is using its grant to develop curriculum for Green Industry Career Exploration workshops designed to recruit and orient job seekers to training and employment preparation activities for targeted occupations.  AWEE is also developing curriculum for its “Green Connect” Job Club, a motivational networking and job search program component designed to bridge training and employment in green career pathways.

Grantee:  Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE)
Location of Grant Activities:  Phoenix, Arizona
Grant Award:  $100,000
Project Description:  Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, Inc. (AWEE) is building capacity to launch the Learning Training Earning = GREEN (L T E=GREEN) Project designed to teach workers the skills required in green industry employment.  AWEE will integrate new curriculum, staff training, equipment, and vocational training services to prepare eligible adult ex-offenders for employment in one of three targeted occupations.  Specifically, the project will develop and launch career exploration workshops that will expose participants to training and employment opportunities in green industries; link participants with vocational training offered by area colleges and other entities to facilitate their entry into green career pathways; and facilitate job placement in training-related employment through business/industry-involved job clubs.  The project’s targeted occupations include solar installer; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) installer/ technician; and weatherization technician/energy auditor.

Targeted Industry:  Renewable energy and green building

Targeted Occupations:  Solar Installer; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Installer/ Technician; Weatherization Technician/Energy Auditor

Targeted Population:  Adult ex-offenders

Success Story:  Gilbert is a 44 year old Hispanic male who spent 2.5 years in prison for a drug charge. Gilbert is a plumber by trade and he struggled with the fact that he might not be able to become a plumber again. Gilbert has six children that live with him and his wife. He was fearful he wouldn't be able to feed his family.

Gilbert enrolled in the “Paths to Living Free” program in October 2009.  Gilbert attended several classes at AWEE to get him ‘work ready’ such as, Resume Development, Kick-start (to improve his self-esteem) and Job Club (to learn about current job leads).  At Job Club he found out about the Green Capacity Building Grant AWEE had received. He attended one of the first “Green Information Sessions.”  After attending the Green Information session, Gilbert saw an opportunity for a new career in HVAC.  As a result he researched his options and found funding to support his training in HVAC.  Since completing the course work and passing the certification exam, he now has a job with A-1 Restaurant Service making $12.00/hour.  AWEE as part of its commitment to Gilbert and supporting his efforts to build a new life paid for his plumbing tools and half of his tuition to go to school to train on using heavy plumbing equipment for his job.  AWEE also supported Gilbert through food boxes and transportation assistance.

Gilbert is doing well today; he is more self-sufficient and is now providing for his family.
Click here to learn about the Green Capacity Building Grants.

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