A range of career-building opportunities

CDA Training

Managed by the Metro Atlanta YMCA, the 30 week Georgia Quality CDA (Childhood Development Associate) Training Course prepares students to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families in a variety of settings.

During the course, students work towards completing the 120 hours of professional education and 480 hours of On the Job Training with the Metro Atlanta YMCA Early Learning Centers required to apply for their CDA Credential.


Commercial and Residential Construction

Led by Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), Construction Ready students participate in a four-week training program that includes hands-on skills building and industry certifications. Graduates of the program have been placed in construction-related employment opportunities throughout metro Atlanta including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Beltline, and State Farm Headquarters.


Certified Nursing Assistant Certification

Students participate in a three-week course that includes digital literacy, procedural skills and industry certification. Graduates have successfully been employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities and home health care settings.


Facilitated by Literacy Action Inc., participants who face challenges in meeting the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) requirement of our respective training programs receive instructor-led assistance. At the completion of 40 hours of class time, students become eligible for a retest. Those who pass are placed in a priority position when they are referred to the training program of choice. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week, for 3.5 hours.


In partnership with Levy Restaurants, the 6-week Culinary Academy introduces students to kitchen safety protocols, international cuisine, baking and pastry, restaurant simulations, and an opportunity to receive Serve Safe Certification. Graduates will have a path to employment through Levy Restaurants venues, as well as dining establishments throughout metro Atlanta.

Office Operation

The 4-6 week, full-time Office Operations program prepares participants for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certificate that can be used in entry level positions in the clerical field. The MOS courses include mastery in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Windows.

Information Technology

Led by Per Scholas, Inc., the Information Technology program is an eight (8) week course providing hands-on instruction on troubleshooting and maintaining computers, software, networks and mobile devices. In addition, students will participate in customer service training to support end users with technical help. Upon graduation, students will have their CompTIA A+ certification.

Want to jumpstart your career in web development? Per Scholas and General Assembly are partnering to offer a 17-week Web Development program. 5-Weeks of hands on training at Per Scholas will prepare you for General Assembly’s 12 week Web Development Immersive program.

A collaborative effort between City of Refuge, Genuine Parts and NAPA, a six-month auto technician training program is also available.

How Our Programs Work

Westside Works provides access to the necessary services that foster job success – such as skills assessments, skills training, and job readiness preparation.

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Support Services

Support Services

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