The South's historical dependence on disappearing agriculture and manufacturing industries has left the region with a disproportionate number of displaced, low-wage workers and high-poverty communities. Through Career Pathways for a Green South, MDC helped low-wage and unemployed workers find work in emerging green industries.
MDC worked in partnership with four community colleges in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that have suffered manufacturing job loss in recent years to bridge gaps between individuals and training that leads to credentials and employment in green jobs.
The work was funded by a U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Administration Pathways Out of Poverty grant, authorized as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Those grants supported programs that help disadvantaged individuals attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
- Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC)
- Mountain Empire Community College (Big Stone Gap, VA)
- Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (Orangeburg, SC)
- Trident Technical College (North Charleston, SC).
For more information, contact Jenna Bryant.