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Meet John

Workforce Challenge

John Cothran was laid off from his carpentry job, and had been unemployed for over a year. He came to the Marin Employment Connection for help with his job search and learned of the GREEN retraining program. John enrolled and earned his certification as a Certified Green Building Professional and Energy Rater. The challenge was finding employment - most positions required more "green" work experience than John had.

Workforce Solution

Working with an Marin Employment Connection (MEC) Counselor, John developed a job search strategy to combine his newly acquired knowledge in the green industry with his first career as a Licensed Therapist. As part of this strategy, he networked, volunteered, and worked hard to make connections in the green industry.

Outcomes & Benefits

John's perseverance paid off when he found a job opportunity that was a perfect fit - tapping into his skills in his first career as a Licensed Counselor working with youth. His new position at the Asian Neighborhood Design Center recruits, trains and places people with barriers to employment into green jobs.

"It's fulfilling to have found work where my counseling and green training skills are needed"


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