Workforce Development


April  2018 Update

This February Cohort training, beginning April 9thh will offer Certified Landscape Technician.   In this 8 week course our students will learn the following:  

  • CPR First Aid Training
  • MiOSHA 10 hour safety training
  • Landscape Ornamental Technician Certification
  • Financial Literacy
  • Work Readiness Training
  • $800.00 stipend upon completion

Learn more about The Greening's Workforce Development below. 

Meet Crystal Mitchell

Crystal is one of our Workforce Development Instructors. Crystal is a certified Neuro-linguist . What is  a Nuero-Linguist you ask?  It is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. This past month Crystal attended  The Trail Ahead National Conference in Washington DC where she spoke on the necessity of teaching Emotional Intelligence with Critical Mentoring.   This conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and the environment. 


Adult Workforce Development

In some Detroit neighborhoods, the unemployment rate is well above the national average. We are trying to change that by providing unemployed Detroiters with valuable job training and certification in the green industry. 

Detroit’s real transformation will happen when its residents can find work that pays a living wage.   More than 350 Detroiters graduated from The Greening’s adult workforce training cohort since its inception five years ago.  In 2015, the program became certified as a federal apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor.


The Greening expanded its workforce training program in 2016 to meet the growing demand for green services. The Detroit Conservation Corps (DCC) is a partnership with Focus:HOPE and Neighborhood Services Organization, and is expected to eventually train more than 2,500 Detroiters in the skilled trades of landscape technicians, tree artisans, floral decor, urban agriculture, landscape construction, and urban forestry.

Youth Employment - Green Corp Kids

Click here for the Application