Graduation Day

Pictured below, front row, from left, are Michael House, President, Chicago Defender; Carl W. Latimer, President, Coalition for United Community Action-ORTC, Inc.; Rena A. Livingston, VP Programs & Administration, Coalition for United Community Action-ORT

Twenty-eight Chicago Housing Authority residents seeking new career goals and long-term economic, employment and training opportunities in the construction industry new emerging green sectors recently achieved another milestone by graduating on February 11 from the Coalition For United Community Action-ORTC, Inc., Apprenticeship Preparedness Training Green Initiative Program sponsored by AMERESCO, an independent energy solutions company and one of CHA’s energy efficiency contractors that’s committed to making a difference in the community. Utilizing Dawson Technical Institute’s facilities, classes consisted of electrical, plumbing, carpentry, introduction to computers, manual and online green construction, construction math, test taking techniques, OSHA, employability skills and much more.  This program represented the Coalition working hand in hand with contractors, government, labor and community toward a common goal: long term training, employment and economic opportunities for CHA Residents. Pictured below, front row, from left, are Michael House, President, Chicago Defender; Carl W. Latimer, President, Coalition for United Community Action-ORTC, Inc.; Rena A. Livingston, VP Programs & Administration, Coalition for United Community Action-ORTC, Inc.; Lewis A. Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Housing Authority; Peter Kurpiewski, Regional Manager, AMERESCO; and Laura Wharton, Senior Project Management Engineer, AMERESCO. On the second row, from left, are the graduates: Kevin Dunn, Branson Wellington, Jacob Cummings, Ja’Ron McFee, Mia Beal, Jonathan Belmont, Rene Brown, Tristan Stanley, Eddie Walters, and Kinlawyed Hendrix; 3rd row: Ashley Linzy, Genisha Smith, Sharon Jones, Tungee Garrett, Teri Payton, Sylvia Mack, Sabian Ellis, Nicole Harris, Ja’De French, Isaiah Mack, Larry Basemore, and Kendra Bell; 4th row: Jamel Wiley, Ronnie Pete, Tiffany Conway, and Amailia Conway. Photo/Special to Defender

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