Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center, in partnership with Opportunities Industrialization Center of America, has been awarded a federal grant to provide skill training, job placement and retention and supportive services for Green job recipients residing in targeted low and moderate-income zip codes within Phoenix, Arizona. 

The Pathways program will serve unemployed individuals, high school dropouts and individuals with criminal records.  Additionally, veterans and eligible veterans’ spouses will receive highest priority in being accepted in to the Pathways program.

“Arizona OIC is most pleased to welcome Keva Womble as the Project Coordinator for this new initiative.  Her talent, experience and commitment to excellence will significantly enhance meeting all the objectives of the Pathways Project,” said Gene Blue, Arizona OIC President/CEO.  “This is a unique opportunity for Arizona OIC to make a meaningful contribution in the training and placement of eligible individuals in Green industries.”

Over a two year timeframe, Arizona OIC has committed to placing 400 trained, program participants in four occupational areas – (1) Weatherization Technician/Installer,

(2) Solar PV System Installer/Entry level, (3) Solar PV System Designer/Installer and (4) LEED Green Associate.   Local training partners include Foundation for Senior Living, Gateway Community College, Phoenix College, Southwest Green with Arizona State University and Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council.

The Pathways program promises to comprehensively serve participants’ needs by simultaneously pairing basic education classes with vocational skills training, with the aim of getting individuals to at least a 10th grade reading and math level prior to job placement, and in many cases GED attainment.  Once placed into a Green job, a career path will be monitored to ensure participants complete their basic and vocational training objectives. 

Phoenix residents living in specific zip codes are eligible to apply by phone at 602-254-5081 or complete an intake application in person at the Arizona OIC office.  Those zip codes are: 85003, 85004, 85006, 85007, 85008, 85034, 85040, 85041 and 85042

The overall goal of the Pathways program is to provide self-sufficiency attainment for underserved communities and simultaneously develop much-needed skill sets for the emerging Green industries.