September 27, 2011


NACC Student Graduates from Building Green Jobs Program

Northeast Alabama Community College student Vickie Knight has recently graduated from the Building Green Jobs for Alabama program. This free program was launched by the Alabama Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC-Alabama) and equips workers with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the green building trades. USBGC–Alabama is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings and is a non-profit, volunteer organization formed in 2004.

Knight discovered information about the program at the Rainsville Career Center located on the campus of NACC. She was searching for job opportunities and knew this program was for her. The program involves five steps: (1) Program Orientation and Industry Overview; (2) Green Building Workshop; (3) Industry-Recognized Certificate Trainings; (4) On-site Training; and (5) Job Search Assistance. The program is designed so that a participant can readily finish all of their training and begin job searching in six months or less.

This training program was funded 82% with Federal Workforce Investment Act-American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding made available to the State of Alabama through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

Knight, who has been out of the work force for some time, is excited that she has completed the program and actually recommends it to others. She even used her program information and experiences as a class speech project at NACC which she said sparked interest among her classmates.

Vickie Knight, NACC Student

“No matter what career avenues you explore, green jobs are of benefit to everyone,” said Knight. “The future is going green and we need to know everything we can – the more knowledge, the better.” As a program graduate, Knight will be monitored by administrators of the program. “They will stay in touch (up to six months) and assist me in every way possible to find a job,” she said. “This has been a very positive thing for me. The doors are wide open.”

Knight, an unemployed, single mother, will also graduate from NACC this December. She is majoring in Office Administration and Medical Office Administration and will receive a degree in both programs of study. Knight knows the importance that education plays in life—she will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“When I enrolled at Northeast, I had been out of school for a while, but I found out that age really doesn’t matter,” said Knight. “Why not take advantage of the opportunities we have around us and better ourselves? I am so excited about graduating from College and very proud to be a student here. In looking for a job, I know that it will be a more positive experience having a college degree on my résumé.”

For more information about the Building Green Jobs for Alabama program, go to and click on “Green Workforce Project.” For additional information about the Rainsville Career Center, call 256-638-2239.

Photo taken by and article written by Debra A. Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing at NACC.