Workforce Development


February 2018 Update

This February Cohort training, beginning February 5th 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

The Greening of Detroit has planted more than 90,000 trees since we started putting shovels in the ground back in 1989. As the scope of our work increased, we needed help caring for the newly planted trees. In 1998, we created The Green Corps program. The Green Corp program is one of the few paid urban forestry vocational programs in the country. The program allows us to hire high school students from Detroit each summer to help us water trees, grow food at Detroit Public Schools and our own urban garden, and maintain city parks and greenways.

The Green Teens are also trained in long-term employability and life skills. Participants attend workshops on resume/cover letter writing, interviewing, ACT training, financial literacy, and nutrition. Throughout the program, the youth meet professionals in the field, such as certified arborists and landscapers.Green Corps members invest time and energy in their communities, learn to become environmental stewards by watering trees, cleaning up green spaces, planting, weeding and harvesting crops at school and farm gardens.  They learn about green careers and a variety of life skills along the way.  

Find out about the Green Corps program, 2018 Applications are coming in March.   Contact us for more information.