Success Stories


Creating Career Pathways in the Green Economy

Working with employers to create career pathways, training, and supports that prepare low-income adults for family-supporting careers in the rapidly growing green economy. 

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Success Stories

Interview with Atiba Kenyatta at SolarCity

March 1, 2013
Atiba Kenyatta participated in one of the final Green Jobs Readiness Partnership cohorts funded by Pathways out of Poverty. After completing his training in the fall of 2011, Atiba secured a position as a solar installer, switched to a position with Solar City, and has since been promoted. Read an interview with Atiba about his training experiences and recent success.

From overnight stock clerk to 1st year apprentice

August 22, 2012
Richard James Jr. has made a huge career leap after working as an overnight stock clerk at Safeway since 2001. As a first year apprentice at the IBEW-NECA, he is now beginning his dream career as a union electrician. He has sought this career since his first job, right after high school, as an electrician helper for his uncle. Richard, now 30, is amazed at his accomplishment. "I can't believe that this is happening to me!…My uncle will be so proud of me." Richard had taken the IBEW aptitude test a couple of times in the past few years without luck, and then he came across the Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program. He gave himself one more chance and signed up for training at Building Futures. "His dedication paid off," reports Sylvia Casaro Dietert. "His story is a reflection of our program's success in bringing people back to work one person at a time." Richard graduated from the Building Futures program in March, was accepted into the IBEW-NECA apprenticeship in July, and started working in August. He was hired by Pel-Barn Electric and is earning $17.89 per hour plus benefits as a full-time electrician apprentice at the Citi Market on O Street, Northwest, Washington, DC.

“ANEW Opportunity” for one ironworker

July 26, 2012
Brittany Williams is on her way to earning $43 per hour as a union ironworker. But she has taken a very long and hard road to get there. That road weaves through homeless shelters and even prison before she noticed an unusual flyer. Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) was looking for women who wanted to learn construction trades. On top of specific job skills, ANEW has taught Brittany and her classmates basic education and life skills to help propel them along their new career paths.

ANEW has trained women for nontraditional jobs for 30 years. It is part of Washington State’s GreenForce Initiative, one of eight programs nationwide that receives funding from JFF’s GreenWays initiative.

Read Brittany’s story and learn more about this exciting program.

CGMP cohort has 100% pass rate to earn industry recognized NIMS credential

May 29, 2012
Twelve students in the first Manufacturing Basics class of the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership in Chicago earned the National Institute of Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 credential in “Measurement, Materials, and Safety.” This achievement represents a 100% pass rate! Half the students completed a Manufacturing Bridge program, and 11 will continue on to Advanced Manufacturing training in CNC machining at Daley College. Congratulations to Daniel Saldana, Dante Little, Carolyn Carruthers, Charles Dickens, Dexter Barnes, Severo Hernandez, Steve Cherry, Danielle King, Karlos Lloyd, Victor Escobar, Adam Peters, and Constance Reibling. Great work by not only these students but also their instructors, Pete Markowski and Webb Hicks. Learn more about CGMP.

Tyra Degrattenreid brings her skills to Polk Construction Services

May 29, 2012
Tyra Degrattenreid is one of several members of her family to graduate from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice’s training program. She is an active member of the Alumni Club and participant in number DWEJ sponsored community projects. When Tyra first graduated, she worked at Macy’s for the holiday season and then remained full-time while looking for training-related opportunities. When DWEJ submitted her resume to Polk Construction Services, they hired her right away. Tyra is now earning $13.50 per hour as a lead worker, with opportunities for promotion.

The City of Philadelphia recognized the success of the Green Jobs Readiness Partnership

October 15, 2011
The City of Philadelphia recognized the success of the Green Jobs Readiness Partnership through a recent grant to supplement its program activities. GJRP has been awarded $155,080 from the Mayor’s Office of Community Services. The funds will enhance occupational skills training as well as allow participants to meet more of their living expenses while in training, and to build assets to purchase a car or auto insurance that will enable them to get to work. This city’s grant will provide training opportunities to even more participants during the life of the program.

Clementina Maldonado earns $16 an hour at a green job

September 1, 2011
Clementina Maldonado, a 26-year-old single mother of two girls, was working for Zenith Insurance as a Medical bill reviewer for $14.25 an hour. Interested in changing careers, Clementina started the WINTERGREEN training on January 24, 2011. She graduated on March 31, 2011 with seven industry recognized certificates. WINTER staff provided Clementina with job leads and preparation for interviews and entrance exams. Shortly after graduating, IRS Demolition, a "green" company that recycles 85 percent of materials, hired Clementina as a Safety Coordinator. Her starting salary was $16.00 an hour, plus benefits. Now, Clemintina has a pathway to career advancement.