Recruitment is open for Green Opportunities’ new construction trades training program, set to begin in August 2016



Green Opportunities (GO) is accepting applications for its newly-launched building trades training program, GO Build. This nine-month, full-time program will prepare students with the skills, experience, and credentials needed to launch a career in the construction industry. The first cycle of this free training program will begin in August 2016.


The GO Build training and apprenticeship program will prepare residents of low-wealth communities in Asheville and Buncombe County with the nationally recognized credentials, industry-driven on-the-job training, and essential “life skills” training needed to secure employment in the building trades. Students will learn tool identification and safety and gain valuable hands-on experience in carpentry, painting and finishing, and building construction technology.


Integral to GO Build is the Home Builder’s Institute (HBI) Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) curriculum. The HBI PACT curriculum is one of only three U.S. Department of Labor recognized pre-apprenticeship curricula. It integrates contextual, work-based learning with vocational and academic skills training in the classroom, including career and life skills, career development, and on-the-job training.


Students will learn and demonstrate their proficiency in different trade areas including carpentry, painting and finishing, and facilities maintenance, and can earn portable certifications recognized nationwide. Students will study basic electrical, plumbing, and HVAC as part of their facilities maintenance training, and can choose to pursue more in depth experience in these trades if desired.


All GO Build students will receive paid on-the-job training as part of their learning process. Students will learn the ropes of what a real-life jobsite is like while still having close supervision from their GO Build instructors and support staff.


Previously, Green Opportunities trained workers for the renovation of the Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center (formerly the Reid Center), located in Asheville’s Southside neighborhood. GO’s trained workforce has completed local carpentry projects for private landowners, including fences, pergolas and outdoor seating areas. The program also operates an in-house fine woodworking studio, Southside Woodworks, which employs students in the production of kitchen essentials, garden beds, and custom furniture.


To apply for the GO Build program, please contact Joseph Hackett, GO Student Development Director, at (828) 398-4158 ext. 111 or You can also apply by filling out an online application.


GO Build is offered through a partnership between Green Opportunities and A-B Tech Community College.


About Green Opportunities
Green Opportunities (GO) is an Asheville-based nonprofit that connects youth and adults from low-wealth neighborhoods to sustained employment opportunities that support families and improve community and environmental health. For more information on Green Opportunities, please visit


About A-B Tech
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) is a public two-year community college in Asheville, North Carolina. A-B Tech inspires, nurtures and empowers students, employees and the community toward a better quality of life through progressive teaching, bold innovation and supportive collaboration. For more information on A-B Tech, please visit