A range of career-building opportunities

First Step Staffing

A Person. A Job. A Step Forward. 

First Step is a nonprofit staffing agency that started offering Westside Works students with direct hiring and transportation to jobs in 2019. Clients can seek positions in over 100 businesses in multiple sectors including: light industrial

  • third party logistics
  • food manufacturing
  • hospitality
  • janitorial services
  • and more!

First Step connects students who need immediate employment with opportunities, while also connecting them with other Westside Works services and training programs. 


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.

If you are looking for a head-start in construction, this program delivers the training and the credentials that will kickstart your career. Construction Education Foundation of Georgia’s nationally-recognized Construction Ready Program is an nationally accredited, four-week training and certification program. NCCER is recognized by the construction industry as the training and career development standard for the construction professional

Construction Ready is now also offered as a part-time, seven-week program in partnership with First Step Staffing. Through this unique partnership, students can get part-time work with First Step Staffing (approximately 30 hours per week), while completing the Construction Ready Program on a part-time basis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This allows students to continue earning while they are learning and growing their career.

Length of program (in weeks): 4 weeks
Starting pay (in dollars per hour): $13.00
Number of graduates since program beginning: 331
Total earned by graduates: $13.5 million

Learning and Education Help

Facilitated by Literacy Action Inc., helps participants pass the workforce education tests that may be required for some of the training classes. 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 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am – 1pm.


In Partnership with Levy Restaurants , WWCA is a 6 week academy that introduces students to kitchen safety and sanitation protocols, international cuisine, Baking and Pastry, restaurant simulations, and a opportunity to obtain a Food managers Servsafe certification. Students are further guided toward a promising career through employment with Levy Restaurants, as well as dining establishments throughout Metro Atlanta.

The 6-week Culinary Training Program offers hands-on learning experience in a professional commercial kitchen that provides the student with health and safety training, knife skills and fundamental cooking techniques. Students take the Serve-Safe certification test at the end of the course. Students receive on the job training at Mercedes Benz Stadium, and can obtain positions in the restaurant and catering industries upon completion of the course. Successful completion of the Culinary Training program allows our graduates access to local restaurant leaders ranging from popular Restaurateurs, Caterers, Hospitals, Colleges, and Arenas. Our goal is to offer a wide range of graduate opportunities, with the right employment partner.

Length of program (in weeks): 6
Avg Starting pay (in dollars per hour): $13
Number of graduates since program started: 103
Total earned by graduates: $3M

Information Technology

Per Scholas prepares motivated and curious adults for successful careers in technology, building onramps to businesses in need of their talents by providing no-cost hands-on instruction, certifications, and job placement assistance.

What to jumpstart your career in technology? Apply for a course!

The IT Fundamentals – A+ Course is a 15 week course that prepares eligible students to sit for and pass the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ and A+ certification exams while integrating applied learning strategies to improve test taking
skills. This course covers hardware, software, coding, security, networking, troubleshooting for mobile devices, printers, and computers, and more.

The Network Support Course is a 15 week course that prepares students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ and Net+ certification exams. This course covers hardware, software, installation, configuration, maintenance, network detection, troubleshooting for mobile devices,

The Software Engineering Course prepares students to learn the skills needed to become a full-stack web developer. Throughout the course of the training, students have the opportunity to create portfolios by building and developing multiple applications while learning to code.

Interested in Applying?

Visit our Programs page to learn more and apply.