Project QUEST provides long-term training to residents of San Antonio, Texas, who would otherwise be out of work or on public assistance. They use a sector-based approach to workforce development, and they're currently focused on health care/medical, information technology/business services and installation, maintenance and repair sectors.
Their work has been honored by the Enterprise Foundation, J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, and they've won an Innovations Award from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. You can read more about Project QUEST in this Investing in People report, and in this case study from the Aspen Institute. Or just listen to what this graduate has to say:
If you don't see the embedded media player, just click here to get to the Project QUEST Channel on YouTube.