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Groundwork, ASD’s innovative workforce development program delivers paid, on-the-job training to people with barriers to employment.

If you’re experiencing employment barriers that keep you from making career progress, we’re here to help. Our goal is to deliver transferable skills supported by industry certification so that you will have broad options for growing a strong career. Earn money while you build valuable skills that will help set you on a path to a solid career and apply today!

Need skills? Apply to Groundwork!

Barriers to Employment

A barrier to employment is a challenge that prevents you from getting or keeping a job, or advancing your career. These challenges include, but aren’t limited to:

Social Enterprises

Late Bloomers


Blue Hills Market and Spring House in Abingdon, VA.

Late Bloomers webpage coming soon!

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Meet the Groundwork Team

Selena Barr

Digital Media Associate

Debbie Browning

Workforce Development Program Manager

Elaine Crowder

Garden and Greenhouse Associate

Hannah Gibbs

Groundwork Sustainability and Equity VISTA

Jessica Harless

Warehouse Associate

Dylan Johnson

Sustainability Team Lead

Alyssa Maring

Groundwork Capacity Building VISTA

Meghan Tignor

Garden and Greenhouse Associate

Get Involved

We are always looking for business partners who can provide job shadowing, mentoring, and educational opportunities. If you’re interested in helping build our economy by building a more skilled workforce, contact Debbie Browning, Groundwork Program Manager.

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