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Growing Opportunities

Growing Opportunities is a new social business project of the South Central Community Action Program. We are an urban farm that provides job-training opportunities for low-income people with barriers to employment.

Our first greenhouse is located next to Stone Belt's main facility at 2815 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47408. Here we grow hydroponic produce that is sold to local eateries, supermarkets, hospitals and schools. This revenue helps make the project sustainable.

Job Training Course

We offer a tuition-free educational job training course to low-income adults. The course is an intensive, 20 week curriculum with approximately 10 hours per week. Classes will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Clients will attend each scheduled class for 20 weeks.

We cover four modules: hands on skills, job readiness skills, soft skill development, and job search skills. We focus on skills that are transferable to any job in any industry. Graduates of the course will receive job placement assistance. 

Class time is spent either in classrooms or in the greenhouse. Our greenhouse acts as a learning environment for clients to practice their job skills, gaining experience and, most importantly, confidence in their abilities. In addition, clients will receive one-on-one career counseling.

To be eligible, candidates must be low-income and 18 years of age. Preference is given to unemployed candidates, however those who are underemployed may also be considered.

The course will be offered twice a year beginning in 2015.

How to Apply for Job Training

  1. Print and fill out an application and submit according to directions on page 1. February 27, 2015 is the priority deadline for our March-July 2015 course, but late submissions may be accepted. Space is limited, so please submit your application early.
  2. Qualifying candidates will be invited to an interview. 
  3. If not selected or if you have not been contacted by Growing Opportunities, your application will be kept on file for consideration for the next course.

Get Involved


Nicole Wooten, MPA
Growing Opportunities Manager
812-332-2168 x 281