Center for Sustainable Careers

Training and placing Baltimore City residents in green jobs
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At the Center for Sustainable Careers (formerly the Baltimore Center for Green Careers), we train Baltimore City residents for green jobs in brownfield remediation and weatherization and place them in full time jobs. Trainees earn industry-recognized certifications, learn employability skills, and receive case management and on the job training. Since 2009, 91% of our graduates have been placed in full-time employment earning between $12 and $20 per hour.

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Jordan's Story

20160624-_CWP2621-Edit-108Jordan was looking for a job but faced a major roadblock on his road to success: a criminal record. At 27, Jordan found himself on parole after eight years of incarceration. “My criminal record had a profound effect on my ability to get a job. I would apply, get interviewed and then the background check would reveal my past. My record was a big issue.”

He shared his dreams of a brighter future with his case manager who encouraged him to apply to CSC’s training program. He did just that and got an interview on the spot! CSC trains unemployed and underemployed Baltimore residents, including those with a criminal record, for green jobs. Participants earn industry-recognized certifications and receive job placement assistance upon successful completion of the program.

At CSC, Jordan learned how to make houses more energy efficient through comprehensive courses in building science and developed the skills necessary to properly air seal and insulate homes. He started his training in a classroom setting, which was followed by a hands-on practicum and on-the-job training with our EnergyReady program. “It was really helpful to have the on-the-job training,” he says. “We got to get our feet wet in the warehouse, then utilized our skills in the field. It was a good process.” He received his US Department of Energy 35-hour Weatherization Tactics, OSHA 30 Construction Safety, and EPA Lead Renovation Repair and Painting certifications. “It was a seamless transition from the on-the-job training to being employed with Elysian Energy (the region’s leading energy efficiency firm). The day after completing my program at CSC, I started working, I didn’t skip a beat.”

“I’m so glad I made the decision to complete the Energy Retrofit program at CSC. Without the training, the certification, the interviews I wouldn’t be where I am today.”