Congratulations to Kenneth Alexander, a recent graduate of the Green Impact Zone’s Essential Employability Skills (EES), on his new job!

The Green Impact Zone hosted an interview fair for EES graduates on Sept. 17. One of the participating firms, New Horizons LLC — a Kansas City-based company that provides a comprehensive range of environmental services, including asbestos, lead and mold remediation — hired Kenneth as a laborer/asbestos worker the following week.

“New Horizons was pleased to participate in the Green Impact Zone interview fair,” said Stephanie Isaacson, New Horizons president. “We appreciate what the Green Impact Zone is doing for the community’s underemployed and unemployed residents. The zone spent an entire week training these individuals in life/job skills that they need to be successful in their future careers, and also pre-screened these individuals to make the interview fair a most valuable experience for New Horizons. We were able to hire one person from this experience and look forward to using the Green Impact Zone as a recruitment source for future hiring needs.”

The Green Impact Zone will hold its next EES training in October. EES is a free, week-long training for unemployed and underemployed residents. It provides a refresher on basic skills for job seekers, such as a strong resume, a professional appearance, interviewing skills and a good work ethic. EES is designed to complement the ‘hard skills’ training and job placement services provided by organizations such as the Full Employment Council and Institute for Workforce Innovation.

Those who successfully complete the zone’s EES program are entered into a jobs pipeline. The Green Impact Zone staff keeps them informed about job openings and connects them with employers and other job placement service providers.

The Green Impact Zone provides each EES graduate with a certificate of completion and continuous job leads, but participation does not guarantee graduation. In order to graduate, participants must arrive on time, dress in business attire and demonstrate professionalism each day. For more information, contact the Green Impact Zone at 816-936-8803.

Metropolitan Community College is offering scholarships and training for up to 40 people that can lead to jobs as a:

  • Customer Contact Professional/Customer Service Representative (Classes Start Dec. 9)*
  • Certified Nurse’s Assistant (Classes Start Dec. 9)*
  • Green Maintenance Technician (Classes Start in January)**

Ongoing training is also available in computer literacy.

Be sure to attend the informational session, which is open to the public, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Green Impact Zone (4600 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64110) to find out more. While there, you will also learn about offerings from the Green Impact Zone Institute for Preparation and Prosperity.

Contact Arletha Manlove at or (816) 936-8804 for more information.

* Must be 18 years old or older and have basic computer literacy to qualify for these training opportunities.
** Must have high school diploma or GED, be 18 years old or older and have basic computer literacy to qualify.

Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day 2010 prediction was six more weeks of winter, as he did see his shadow. This means: spring is just around the corner.

Our community crews are ready for warmer weather. We have more than 20 homes signed up for concrete repairs that will help direct storm water runoff away from their foundations. The community crews are made up of young adults from the zone who receive classroom and hands-on training in concrete finishing and other skills.

For more information, contact the Green Impact Zone of Missouri’s Office or Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, located at 3700 Woodland, KCMO 64109, 1.816.921.6611.