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Building Green Futures

Together with Oregon Tradeswomen, Incorporated (OTI), ANEW has launched the Building Green Futures Initiative to:

  • Prepare OTI and ANEW students who participate in training programs with cutting-edge green and sustainable work practices recognized by industry
  • Partner with Registered Apprenticeship Partners to introduce women to 21st Century jobs requiring green skills
  • Link female veterans whose military skill sets and post-service career paths could  transition through pre-apprenticeship
  • Support qualified ex-offenders re-entering the workforce who could qualify for construction trades careers

This initiative is 100% funded through a capacity-building grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor - Employment Training Administration and enhances Women and Non-Traditional Occupations (WANTO) grant awards made to ANEW and OTI since 2007.


Grant Accomplishments
ANEW and OTI have collectively trained 109 women since receiving the
Building Green Futures grant, exceeding our training goal!
  • Check out the OTI/ANEW green building video at: - our veteran women's video will be available by late January 2011!                                                           
  • ANEW staff presented their program as an EDUCATE exhibit at the Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference in Tacoma, Washington on May 19 & 20.  This regional conference was attended by 434 people representing 261 organizations from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Guam, Arizona, Washington DC, and Guam.  ANEW and OTI executive directors were featured speakers on pre-apprenticeship program best practices. The ANEW Program Manager was the event coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference.


  • Former ANEW Executive Director Johanna Chestnutt and ANEW graduate Angela Rivers were interviewed in late June for a Seattle Times/Northwest Jobs Blog Article highlighting women choosing construction trades careers. 


  • ANEW procured graphic design services to complete Building Green Futures web pages and marketing materials, including a program postcard now being used in Western Washington.


  • OTI attended the Pre-Bid meeting for the Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Modernization project in April to learn how the scope will align with the High Efficiency Green Building requirements.  This information will also inform the enhancement of the OTI green curriculum.


  • In late May, ANEW program manager Heather Winfrey was invited to present at the Washington State Apprenticeship Coordinators Association and the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council July meetings.


  • Expanding ANEW and Pre-Apprenticeship and Veterans' Linkages Wednesday, August 18 Meeting Summary:  ANEW, Helmets to Hardhats, and the Veterans' Conservation Corps/Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs co-hosted this meeting to discuss efforts to expand pre-apprenticeship training and support services to veterans who are interested in construction trades as a civilian career path, particularly women.  Over 35 people attended from across Washington State.  SEE MEETING RECAP BELOW


  • Registered Apprenticeship Programs - Strategic Forum on Recruiting and Retaining Women Thursday, August 26  Meeting Summary: ANEW and LNI convenedRegistered Apprenticeship Programs and interested partners to discuss products and services that can be designed and delivered to help in recruiting and retaining women in apprenticeships and non-traditional employment.  Over 40 people attended this event.  SEE MEETING RECAP BELOW!

Ongoing Project Activities through May 2011

·         Enhancement of ANEW’s Construction Readiness Pre-Apprenticeship Training curriculum is underway, using OTI’s eight-module EPA curriculum for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and adding Washington State industry- and workforce-based data. 

·         Web page content for Building Green Futures will be updated as progress towards remaining deliverables is met.

·         OTI video production featuring female veterans is still under development.  New products added to our Building Green Futures grant include the women's resources listings and a veteran crosswalk with apprenticeship.




Veteran Programs in partnership with Building Green Futures:


See our Draft Strategic Plan posted below!



Registered Apprenticeship Programs in partnership with Building Green Futures:


Heather Winfrey,
Sep 22, 2010, 11:25 AM
Heather Winfrey,
Sep 22, 2010, 11:25 AM
Heather Winfrey,
Sep 22, 2010, 11:24 AM