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Fathers participating in the Green Collar Jobs program toured the rooftop of the LEED-Certified Metro Regional Transit Authorities Transit Center in Akron to learn more about solar energy installations.

The Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio, a member of the Healthy Fathers Collaboration (, provides services to dads in Summit, Cuyahoga and Portage Counties. Executive Director Donald Lykes along with a small group of staff members and volunteers work to help fathers remove the barriers that prevent men from achieving their goals as responsible dads. This program impacts the lives of families by teaching dads new fathering skills, offering innovative vocational training and providing supportive services.

This program helps facilitate fatherhood education classes. The green collar jobs component of this program prepares urban fathers for emerging jobs in the new green economy. This program is a six-week commitment for dads in the community to attend classes from 9 a.m. to noon three days a week. The course is designed to teach dads about employment opportunities in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

This program has been a great success thanks to the help of leaders in our community like Kurt Conard, director of planning for the Akron Metro Transit and David Whited, chief of planning and development for Summit County Metro Parks. They give tours of buildings that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and have solar, wind and geothermal energy systems.

The fathers also get an opportunity to freshen up on their math skills with Walker, a volunteer staff person from the University of Akron. Other topics taught during this program are: home weatherization, energy audits and fuel cell technologies.

“The Green Collar Jobs program was a pleasurable experience for me. Mr. Walker’s math class was the most challenging, but also the most rewarding component of the program, ” said Cameron Butler, one of the dads who successfully completed the program.

For more information, contact Donald Lykes at 330-376-5018 or

720 Literary Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113 .