Friday, January 8, 2010
U.S. Recovery Act Awards $100 Million in Green Job Training Grants
The grants, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are supporting projects to help unemployed and dislocated workers, veterans, women and minorities find jobs in green industries. The projects will receive from $1.4 million to $5 million each and were based on partnerships that require labor and business groups to work together.
The education funded by these Energy Training Partnership Grants will be based on the needs by the local communities and will train workers for careers as hybrid/electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers.
The $5 million grant for the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Oregon and Washington, for example, will help employed workers at local renewable energy companies as well as unemployed and dislocated workers.