For those not in the Atlanta metro area—or those living under a rock—you might not have heard about the Mercedes Benz stadium, the massive new stadium being built that will soon replace the Georgia Dome.
Mercedes Benz stadium is YUUUUGE, and it will certainly be a great place to attend a game and to perhaps take the awful memory of the Falcons’ epic Super Bowl choke job out of our minds (update: still not over it). It’s also led to a revitalization of the Westside section of Atlanta.
In fact, the Arthur Blank Foundation funded the Westside Works concept with $15 million, and one of the ways its putting that money to use is by creating education and training programs for those in the area.
Westside Works partnered with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) to implement the Construction Ready program, which is aimed to prepare people for entry-level construction work. Basically this FREE! course teaches people what they need to get into the construction field and start a career.
And this isn’t theoretical. This program works. According to this Engineering News-Record story, the program has a 94% job-placement rate (294/313 adults trained).