The Greening of Detroit, through a $200,000 grant from Bank of America, is putting unemployed and underemployed Detroiters back to work.

Created in 2009, through a “Pathways out of Poverty” grant from the federal government, the GreenWorks workforce development program is designed to provide unemployed Detroiters with valuable job training and certification in the green industry. Bank of America became a funding partner in 2011, helping 71 previously unemployed Detroit residents get the skills they needed to find full-time employment.

Over the past three years, the program has been very successful.

To date:

  • 137 adult trainees have graduated with certificates that include the Greening of Detroit Landscaping Course completion certificate, First Aid/CPR training and certification, and Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) certification. 
  •  All 137 graduates have completed a 10-hour landscaping safety course conducted by Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) certified instructors. 
  • 21 percent of the trainees have obtained a chauffer's license through the program. Four of the trainees participated in The Greening's apprenticeship program, resulting in full-time employment as Greening staff members. 
  •  71 of the trainees have been placed into full time jobs that pay on an average $11.75 an hour

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