What’s in the Works for 2017? Here’s a Preview of the Year Ahead at Green Opportunities.

GO’s Cycle 14 students with volunteers from the Asheville Covention and Visitors Bureau during this month’s training program orientation. 


This month, GO launched the 14th cycle of our GO Kitchen Ready and GO Build training programs, as well as the first cycle of a new soft skills training and employment program, Ready to Work. Ready to Work provides work-ready job seekers with a pathway to career-track employment opportunities, while offering a screened, dependable, and diverse workforce for GO’s local employment partners. We look forward to helping our 37 new culinary, construction, and Ready to Work students grow and progress on their career paths over the next 13 weeks.


Green Opportunities is excited about several new partnerships and programs we’ll be rolling-out in 2017.


As a new partner of North Carolina-based nonprofit Wheels 4 Hope, one GO graduate per training cycle will be selected as the recipient of a used car, providing more of our students with a dependable source of transportation to and from work.


We’re also thrilled to be a partner on the growing Homework Diners Initiative, a program launched in November by Kitchen Ready Industries, the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, and local middle schools, including Asheville Middle, Enka Middle, and Erwin Middle. Homework Diners are weekly family engagement events where students and families receive a free meal, tutoring, and help with homework from trained teachers and volunteers. The Homework Diner meals are prepared and served by an all-star team of Kitchen Ready graduates working under the supervision of Gene Ettison, GO’s new Executive Chef Instructor. Chef Gene is an Asheville native and graduate of A-B Tech’s culinary school.


Be sure to save the date for GO events scheduled this winter/spring:
Southside Community Garden Workdays: Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm, beginning February 4
Southside Kitchen Pop-Up Dinners: Thursday evenings, from March 2 to April 6
Cycle 14 Graduation Ceremony: Thursday, April 20
2nd Annual Soul Shakedown: Saturday, May 6


GO is grateful to be part of a supportive community of partner agencies, business owners, and concerned citizens. Our collective efforts continue to create bridges to success and opportunities for growth in our region. We look forward to continuing this important work in the year ahead.