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GO Kitchen Ready Graduate Octavius Boozier Finds His Home in the Kitchen



When 23 year old Octavius Boozier moved from Charlotte to Asheville last December with his girlfriend, he was looking for a positive environment, gainful employment, and a place to call home.


An internet search led Octavius to the Green Opportunities  website, and he was so eager to be accepted into the Kitchen Ready training program that he filled out not one, but two applications.

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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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