Sherwin-Williams Home Work Program

San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C.—and now Erie. The Sherwin-Williams Home Work Program made its debut here in Erie in May of 2007.

The Home Work Program trains inner-city residents for jobs in the professional painting-contracting field by providing a 5-day training course free to unemployed or underemployed individuals, with preference given to Housing Authority residents.

The course includes a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Graduates are also provided with Sherwin-Williams’ certification and the equipment and supplies necessary to immediately start working.

Nationally, the program touts an impressive job placement rate of 70 percent, and has seen many graduates go on to start their own paint contracting companies. Two thirds of a recent graduating class were women, with many single moms.

Applications for the next class are available now by contacting Cyndie Zahner at 870-1271 czahner@erie.pa.us, or Mas Sala at 870-1469 msala@erie.pa.us.