Friday, July 8, 2011

Franklin County Pilot Green Corps Jobs Program is Now Seeking Applicants


Are you dissatisfied with your career opportunities in this economy? Are you short on cash? Do you like working outside? Do you like working with your hands? Then maybe a career in the green economy (i.e., in the environmental, horticultural, landscaping and agricultural industry) is for you.

Franklin County is partnering with COWIC’s Youth Department and Franklin Park Conservatory to offer a pilot (i.e., test) program to train disadvantaged young adults (18-21 years old) to obtain certification in a green job. If you successfully complete the program, you will receive Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicator and First Aid Certifications to use in any future job or to start your own business. The Program also hopes to place in a paying job each participant who successfully completes the program.

Green Corps participants will be paid for 40 weeks to attend training for 3 hours per day (from 9 a.m. until noon)/5 days per week (i.e., 15 hours each week) from Franklin Park Conservatory in a number of areas, including:
• Landscape and Garden Maintenance;
• Greenhouse Production
• Interior Plant Care
• Community Gardening
• Composting
• Plant Identification
• Business Ownership
• Constructing Garden Hardscapes
• Seed propogation and cutting
• Tree pruning

In order to qualify for the Green Corps Jobs Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

• Have an interest in the green industry, horticulture or landscaping;
• Must meet certain income requirements (i.e., qualify for WIA, TANF or similar program); and
• Live in Franklin County.

The Program will begin as soon as 10-12 candidates are signed up. This could happen anytime. If you are interested or have any questions, call COWIC Youth Career Consultant Lawrence Jackson at 614-559-5075 as soon as possible.

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