Workforce Development

Atlanta CareerRise

  • Atlanta CareerRise invests in career advancement support for low-skilled individuals through partnerships with employers in high growth industry sectors. These partnerships serve the needs of both the employer and the employee, and facilitate change in workforce development capacity, practices and policies that might otherwise impede the advancement of low-skilled workers along career ladders toward family–sustaining wages.
  • This initiative brings a nationally-recognized model of workforce development to the 13-county Greater Atlanta region, uniting public, private and philanthropic organizations to target financial resources to the needs of job seekers, incumbent workers, and employers. Atlanta CareerRise was formed in 2011 with investments from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and six other funding partners, and is one of 31 such collaboratives across the country.

Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency

  • Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, Inc. (ACSS) is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in metro Atlanta and beyond. ACSS empowers homeless individuals to achieve economic self sufficiency and their ultimate potential to thrive in life.
  • The nonprofit was created from a merger of two innovative and powerful organizations with similar missions - Samaritan House of Atlanta and Atlanta Enterprise Center - and is now working to more effectively and efficiently fight homelessness in Atlanta.
  • Programs
    • Careerworks
    • Café 458
    • Veterans Employment Assistance Initiative
    • Clean Street Team Cleaning Services

Atlanta Job Corps Center

  • Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
  • At Atlanta Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program's mission of teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.
  • Atlanta Job Corps is a predominantly female center. We are capable of housing 325 female students on our campus. We also have the capacity to train 155 non-residential young women and 35 non-residential young men.
  • Programs
    • Business Technology
    • Facilities Maintenance
    • Food Service
    • Health Occupations

Atlanta Regional Commission Career Resource Centers

Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

  • The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency is the City of Atlanta’s One Stop Center in providing universally accessible workforce development services for job seekers including adults, youth customers and employers. AWDA is MARTA accessible, with a stop right at its corporate office.

Bobby Dodd Institute

  • Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) connects people with disabilities and disadvantages to jobs and the security and purpose that work brings. We fulfill our mission by sustaining good jobs in our mission-based businesses, offering high-quality job training and helping businesses to recruit committed employees.
  • BDI now employs more than 250 people with disabilities and veterans in social enterprises that deliver services for businesses. We staff and operate call centers and mailrooms and provide packaging and fulfillment services, as well as janitorial and grounds maintenance services.
  • Programs
    • Office Essentials
    • Janitorial Services
    • Grounds Maintenance
    • Call Center and Switchboard
    • Food Service

Career Centers

  • South Fulton Career Center – 5710 Stonewall Tell Road, Suite 160, College Park, GA 30349
  • North Fulton Career Center – 7741 Roswell Road, Suite 205, Sandy Springs, GA 30350
  • Youth Employment Services Center – 4842 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30337

Clark Atlanta University

  • Clark Atlanta University's Worker Education and Apprenticeship Job Training Programs have evolved into a training program that is creating lifelong experiences for trainees, instructors, counselors, and program staff. Currently, we have three job training programs that are housed in the Environmental Justice Resource Center's (EJRC) Training Institute.
  • Programs
    • Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP)
    • Brownfields Minority Worker Training Program (BMWTP)
    • Youth Apprenticeship Job Training Program (YAP)

The Center for Working Families

  • The mission of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) is to ensure economic success for Atlanta's hard-working families and their children. To meet the intensive needs of the vulnerable families we serve, TCWFI bundles a wide range of essential services in one location. Through core pathway programs in our Family Economic Success Continuum, combined with leadership development programs and linkages to essential partners, TCWFI offers residents comprehensive help to become job-ready and competitive in today's workforce, develop solid asset-building practices and explore entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Programs
    • Employment Boot Camp
    • Job Readiness – 21st Century Success Principles
    • R.E.A.D. (Ready for Employment, Advancement and Destiny)
    • Computer Training

Construction Education Foundation of Georgia

  • CEFGA partners with construction companies, trade associations, the Technical College System of Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Education to support training programs and encourage students to pursue careers in construction.­­

Fulton County Office of Workforce Development

  • The Office of Workforce Development programs are design to assist Fulton County residents and employers in developing and sustaining a workforce that realizes viable incomes and benefits. 

Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division

  • AKA Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) - Georgia also has a dedicated team – Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division - that bridges employee education and development with the economic needs of the state. Officially known as the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development (GOWD) through June 30, 2014, the team works with macro-level workforce and employment issues to help Georgia be competitive economically in the southeast, the nation and across the world

Georgia Department of Labor

  • Hiring Assistance - To support company recruitment, Georgia’s Department of Labor posts job notices, collects and screens applications and resumés, provides interview space, schedules interviews and hosts job fairs. The department also works with private employment agencies that list jobs with the state.

Georgia Fatherhood Program

  • The Georgia Fatherhood Program offers a means for non-custodial parents who have court-ordered child to support to meet their obligations. Many parents lack the skills necessary to be able to pay child support. The program provides training, education and job placement opportunities
  • Levels of Training Available
    • A – Finding a job
    • B – Adult Literacy Training
    • C – Post high school training
    • D – Long-term training

Georgia Quick Start

  • A free service, Georgia Quick Start has been rated the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program. It provides customized training to qualified companies in an array of industries. Nearly 1 million workers at 6,200 companies of all sizes have benefited from Quick Start.

Georgia Trade-Up

  • TRADE-UP is a prep-apprenticeship and workforce development program. Developed in partnership with STAND-UP and the North Georgia Building & Construction Trades Council, TRADE-UP prepares men and women for entry into certified construction trades apprenticeship, training programs, or for entry directly into the construction industry.
  • TRADE-UP is an eight-week training and testing prep and apprenticeship program preparing participants for jobs and successful careers in construction and green economies.

Go Build Georgia

  • Workforce Division, formally GOWD, launched Go Build Georgia in January 2012. Go Build is a nationally-recognized awareness effort designed to educate young people and the public at large about the skilled trades, and how to pursue a career in these fields.

Goodwill of North Georgia

  • Skills Training Programs
    • First Choice Veterans Program
    • GoodTransitions: Program for Non-Custodial Parents
    • HealthCare Transitions
    • Veteran Success Program (VET SUCCESS)
    • Workforce Development Program
    • Youth Employment Services
  • Certification Programs
    • Apartment Maintenance Technician
    • Floor Technician/Custodial Certification
    • Forklift Training
    • Highway Construction Training
    • Women in Non-Traditional Occupations


  • The Atlanta BeltLine partnered with the Center for Working Families to recruit and train five residents in construction in early 2013, and another five in July, for a total of ten graduates from the Greenworks program. The Center for Working Families provided six weeks of basic construction, OSHA, CPR, trenching, and introduction to heavy equipment operation training through an Environmental Protection Agency Greenworks grant.  Atlanta BeltLine recruited, screened, and helped place residents from Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods.

Integrity Development CDC

  • ITCDC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that is committed to transforming the English Avenue/Vine City community by building a strong and healthy neighborhood through advocacy, leveraging of resources, community organizing, and direct services that will stimulate holistic community development. Through empowerment mechanisms they promote positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those we serve.
  • Programs
    • Project Work Ready - Prepare community residents for the employment opportunities that will be created through construction, maintenance and operation of several projects
    • Resource Center - The Center was established to be a mechanism of empowerment to the residents of the English Avenue /Vine City communities, by providing soft skill training and employment related resources and opportunities.
    • Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Initiative - assist aspiring entrepreneurs in developing basic business management skills, developing business concepts, devising new marketing plans and preparation of action plans. ITCDC will provide access to business support networks for counseling on the feasibility of starting a business.
    • Re-entry Program - Staffed with a full-time Reentry Resource Coordinator, ITCDC strives to be a haven of hope for such persons. They offer a reentry program that has been specifically designed for ex-offenders and is dedicated to getting ex-prisoners back into the workforce and on track to becoming productive and caring members of society. The program focuses on both job search skills as well as computer skills

Lift Up Atlanta

  • Lift Up Atlanta mission is to provide homeless women and children in the metro Atlanta area with safe housing, food, clothing and other services designed to help them meet their basic needs, to support their education, and to empower them to reach self-sufficiency.
  • Job Readiness/Self-Empowerment Programs (open to the homeless, low income residents and the unemployed)
    • Human resources workshops
    • Computer training
    • Empowerment training

Operation Workforce

  • Last spring, Gov. Deal and Workforce Division (formally GOWD), in partnership with Georgia Department of Labor, launched several statewide workforce initiatives aimed to aid Georgia’s veterans. Through these initiatives, veterans have been granted top priority of service in Georgia’s workforce system to veterans and their spouses. Please visit the site to learn more about the resources and tools in place for hiring Georgia veterans.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Urban League of Greater Atlanta

  • The Urban League of Greater Atlanta has been all about economic empowerment since we opened our doors more than 90 years ago, as part of a broader, National Urban League network of 98 historic civil rights organizations throughout the United States—all dedicated to fostering economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.
  • To enable and empower African Americans and others to achieve their highest human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. 
  • Programs
    • Employment/Career Services
      • Talent Bank
      • Job Bank
    • Education and Job Skills Training
      • Education
        • Adult Education Resource Center Computer Skills & Microsoft Certification
        • Financial Services Proof & Encoding
        • Project Ready: A College Access Program for high school students
        • Step Up: Job Readiness Program
        • Think Up: Career Management & Life Planning Program
        • Workforce/WIA-funded Training Programs
        • Georgia Workready Certification
      • Job Skills
        • H1B System Architect Trainee Program
        • Job Readiness Training
        • Retail Customer Service Training and Certification

Westside Works

  • The initiative is focused on placing at least 100 men and women from the Westside neighborhoods into construction jobs in the next 12 months. Westside Works also will provide a host of additional services to foster employment success, such as job training, skills assessment, adult education programs, interview preparation and job placement. 
  • Specifically, Westside Works is a partnership between The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Integrity CDC.