Just Jobs for Waste Workers featuring Civicorps

If you live in California, you’re probably already used to the fact that the rest of the country follows our lead on innovations in everything from tech products to the entertainment industry to environmental policy.  We’re proud to say that Civicorps’ unique career pathway partnership with Waste Management is no different — it’s been noticed by an environmental and labor coalition in New York City and featured in their recent Just Jobs for Waste Workers report.

The Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition is dedicated to transforming New York City’s commercial trash industry to reduce waste and pollution, foster clean and healthy communities and create good jobs.  Enter Civicorps!  Former Civicorps Recycling driver Kiara Alexis, featured last year on KTVU Fox Channel 2’s “Bay Area People”, is recognized in the report as a trailblazer to emulate.  Her experience, illuminated on page 12, is lifted up as an example to cities to “prioritize hiring and job training for communities that are often excluded from good jobs.”
The entire report is aimed at recommendations for how sanitation policy in New York City, but applicable anywhere, “could make life better…while making the city safer and more sustainable.”

Congratulations to Kiara Alexis and to the two Corpsmembers featured on the front cover of the report, Jocelyn Hernandez and Jovante Jackson!  We are so proud your hard work has been recognized.

“The best part of my job is that a lot of women come up to me and feel inspired that I am a truck driver.” – Kiara Alexis, Teamster Apprentice at Waste Management

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Khris and Kiara - San Francisco Chronicle

Civicorps alumni Khris and Kiara, are featured in the San Francisco Chronicle. Their journeys of hard work has brought them to their dream career. We are proud of Khris and Kiara for working so hard in becoming Waste Management Teamster Apprentices.

“It’s a career I love.I can send my daughter to college if she wants to go.” – Khris Bland, Civicorps alumn

 

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Making Career Connections

“At first I thought I was coming here just to get a check. Now I realize that Civicorps is more than that, it’s an awakening!” Radisha, Class of 1998

On April 1st, we hosted a College and Career Fair to introduce our students to a variety of pathways they can take to advance their career. We kicked off the fair with a panel of alumni who shared what they learned from Civicorps as well as offered advice to current students.

Making Career Connections / Civicorps

“Civicorps taught me to never quit. That pushed me to keep climbing up the ladder to accomplish my goals.”Brandon, Class of 2014

Immediately after the panel, students participated in interactive workshops where they discussed: transferring to a university from a community college, choosing the right major, entering apprenticeships, and pursuing career opportunities in technology, engineering, journalism, human resources, and culinary arts.

Workshops were led by:

  • 42, Inc.
  • Tradeswomen
  • Pipefitters
  • Lather’s Apprenticeships
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Waste Management
  • Beyond Emancipation
  • San Jose State University
  • Laney College

 “My favorite workshop was the SJSU presentation. It encouraged me to go to college!” – Dlorah, current student

Students also networked with presenters to make connections that will aid them in pursing college, internships, or apprenticeships following graduation.

“I loved talking to Brisha. The Waste Management workshop motivated me to keep pushing forward no matter what!” – Liz Marie, current student

Check out pictures from the fair on our Facebook, and wish our students well on their future endeavors!

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