When 23-year-old DC-native and Ward 4 resident Frank Borris graduated from college with a degree in bioengineering earlier this year, he set out to pursue a career in the green industry. A search through Indeed led him to the Workforce Development Program where Borris spent five months as an extern with DC Green Bank.
“My main appeal to this program was that they were accepting individuals of all backgrounds, especially new graduates,” said Borris.
As the Community Access and Engagement Extern at DC Green Bank, Borris’ main role was to promote a variety of workforce development programs offered around the District. The DC Green Bank funds energy efficient and renewable energy projects across the District and working to ensure a healthy green workforce means more projects can get done and DC can reduce its carbon footprint.
“We are excited to partner with DCSEU’s Workforce Development Program and to have hosted Frank. This program aligns with our commitment to inclusive prosperity by creating a pathway to good clean jobs in the renewable energy sector. Together, we’re building the green workforce of the future.” said Laura Maretich, DC Green Bank Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Due to COVID-19 and prior pandemic restrictions, Borris completed his previous internships remotely. However, the Workforce Development program gave him an opportunity to work in the office for the first time. Borris reflected on this opportunity, saying, “Just to be able to come into the office and build up etiquette, establish relationships with coworkers, and hold myself accountable were my biggest takeaways.”
Now that Borris has completed the Workforce Development Program, he plans to head back to school and further his studies in bioengineering with a sustainability background in his pocket.
With trainings under his belt such as Green Buildings 101, LEED GA courses, and LinkedIn Branding workshops, Borris advises future program participants to take advantage of every opportunity the program offers. He states, “This program has a wealth of opportunity to give whether it’s job placement or resume building in addition to trainings and credentials that can advance anyone’s career.”