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Green Opportunities’ 2016 Round-Up: Training, Employment & Community Impact by the Numbers

It’s been an action-packed year at Green Opportunities. In 2016, we provided training and wrap-around support services to 68 adult residents of Asheville and Buncombe County via three job training programs: GO Kitchen Ready, GO Build, and Table Service Essentials. GO graduated 78% of the students we trained and awarded 59 portable industry certifications to trainees.

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What Does GO Mean to Me? Cycle 13 Graduates Reflect on Their Experience at Green Opportunities

While technical training is the biggest component of the Green Opportunities job training program, students also participate in life and employment skills training, and personal and professional development activities throughout the program.


During the last few weeks of the cycle, students were asked to reflect on and write about their time at GO. Below, several students share in their own words what the training program has meant to them, what they value most about the experience, and what they plan to do next.

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GO Welcomes 19 New Culinary and Construction Graduates to our Alumni Community


Cycle 13 GO Build Graduates and Instructors


GO welcomed 19 new members to our graduate community last Thursday, November 17. 11 students successfully completed the GO Kitchen Ready training program, while eight students were recognized from GO Build. The ceremony was held in Ferguson Auditorium at A-B Tech Community College.


This class was the first to complete the initial segment of the redesigned GO Build construction training program, which consists of three 15-week modules.

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