We Create New Career Paths

for Residents Ready to Earn More for Meaningful Work

Equipping residents with in-demand skills and connecting them to stable, well-paying job opportunities

What’s on Your Horizon?

Green Infrastructure

     We provide comprehensive stormwater management installation training so that locals can join the rising climate change mitigation industry as it grows.

Commercial Driving

A free course that serves as an on-ramp to individuals looking to earn their Commercials Driver’s Licenses.

Digital Skills for Adult Workers (DSR50+)

Courses and workshops for adult workers (50+) focused on digital essentials.

Green Infrastructure: High Demand, High Reward

Average salary in water management positions in Southeast Louisiana

Pay during Our 8-week Green Infrastructure Curriculum, so you don't need to comprimise paychecks while learning.

Thrive Green Business Academy Graduate wins $10,000 Water Challenge Award

"Flourish Horticulture received $10,000 for the grand prize and $1,250 for the audience favorite award. A $1,250 award was also given to Garden Picasso." Thrive is proud of our green entrepreneur pipeline and of the three finalists who were alumni from our Green...

Job placement assistance available!

Thrive’s Green Workforce Training Program

8-week program

Intentions: The Thrive Works Green program is specifically interested in working with individuals who have faced barriers to employment, such as previous incarceration or other systemic hardships. We know that opportunities can be inequitable. As New Orleans’s green industry grows, we want to put green opportunities and dollars into the hands of BIPOC, locals, and those dedicated to the resilience of the city.

Curriculum Objectives: Gain unique and valuable knowledge of Green Infrastructure (how to install rain gardens, permeable pavers, bioswales, and more). Sharpen your skills on a intallation with your cohort during a  boots-on-the-ground apprenticeship. Make connections in the field and begin a new job.

Benefits: Earn a stipend of $12/hour for 40 hours/week over the course of 8-weeks. Job placement assistance to get you set up in your new career right away.


☑ OSHA trained


☑Clean Water Certificate

We accept applications for ThriveWorks Green on a rolling basis. Apply now for our future cohorts.

Commercial Driving: Better Schedules, Better Wages


Income Increase between the average New Orleans Black Household income and the average Louisiana Commercial Driver income.

Our CDL Program

40-Hour Course

Objectives: Give you the knowledge and confidence to earn your CDL License and open endless doors for higher paid positions.

Benefits: The total cost of the course is waived and paid for by Thrive 9th Ward. Our course instructor is Sherleen Cooper, owner and operator of Coopers Defensive Driving School LLC. She is state certified to train new students to receive Class B licenses. 


☑ Class B license with the airbrake, passenger, and school bus endorsements.

Digital Skills Readiness

StartingSummer & Fall 2022

Are you over 50 and looking to gain digital skills? Have you considered going back to work, exploring entrepreneurship, or switching careers? The Digital Skills Ready@50+TM program has the information you need to succeed.

AARP Foundation, in collaboration with OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), is proud to offer Digital Skills Ready@50+ trainings in your community. As the demand for digital skills in the labor market continues to grow, you can gain the knowledge required to be competitive in the job market and potentially earn higher compensation. You will have the opportunity to learn about:

• Video conferencing

• Networking tool

• Selecting a new computer

Thrive New Orleans is hosting free trainings near you at our Thrive 9th Ward Community Center. To register for an upcoming training, please contact Workforce Manager, Alex Patin, at alex@thrivenola.org

Hear From our Thrive Works Program Grads:

Joseph’s Story: Building a Strong Foundation for Impact

Written: June 2021 by Jasper Roberson-Schulz and Emily Eckland It is a late spring day over the welcoming Jerusalem Baptist Church in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood of New Orleans, and a periodic cool breeze offers a nice reprieve from the afternoon heat. The...

Breaking the “Generational Curse” with Commercial Driver’s Licenses: Earlisha and Darren’s Story

Darren and Earlisha were working multiple jobs trying to support their three children. Thrive's Commerical Driver's Liscense course was able to offer them an on-ramp to making more per hour and working more flexible hours. Watch the video above to see how they got...

Artist, Bernell, Designs a Groundbreaking Future for Himself and His City

A New Orleans local with a history of incarceration, using his creative talents to help with resilience efforts in the city.

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New Orleans, LA. 70116

Phone: 504.564.7739