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Capitol Area Workforce Development Board and Wider Opportunities for Women

WOWtrainingCAWDB Gets Help Providing Green Job Training for Women

Capital Area Workforce Development Board was recently granted admission and scholarships to participate in the Green Southeast Institute through WOW – Wider Opportunities for Women, Generating Real Economic Equity Now Southeast Institute. The Institute offers best practices, guidance, and technical assistance to  programs from across the country interested in developing or expanding green job training programs for women.

The Green Institute awarded admission to collaboratives from each of the nine participating states.  Teams were eligible to apply from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Capital Area is the only collaborative from the state of North Carolina.   The application submitted by Capital Area highlighted our existing short demonstration youth program “Youth Going Green”.   The collaboration consists of Capital Area as the lead agency, Johnston Community College- Johnston Co. Workforce Development Center,  N.C. State University – McKimmon Continuing Education Center, and Wake Technical Community College.  These are the partner /training providers for Capital Area’s “Youth Going Green” program.

The Green Southeast Institute offers the following:

Training – GREEN Southeast Institute – Conducted a two day training in Birmingham, Alabama, April 28 – 29, 2011. The goal of the institute was to   1) provide training on how to design a GREEN job training program for low-income women 2) how to train, place and retain women with GREEN employers  3) enhance GREEN advocacy and awareness.  Capital Area staff and a representative from  the “Youth Going Green” partnership attended the institute.

Two-Day Training in Birmingham, Alabama

Scholarships – WOW covered the expenses (travel and hotel) for individuals attending the Green Southeast Institute representing Capital Area’s coalition of organizations.

Technical Assistance – The Green Institute will offer access to leaders in the Green Industry, local and national, as well as opportunities to get to know peers from across the region.

Web –based Resources – Best practices, model legislation and resource information offered on WOW’s website for Institute participants.