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Blazing the Trail – Training Workers for Emerging Solar Jobs

Posted: April 19, 2012
Today, COD's Desert Energy Enterprise Center is viewed as a divining rod for new technology, hands-on curriculum and links with renewable energy industry employers that are paying off in the form of jobs for local residents. Weeks ago, as Commissioner Douglas dedicated the 120-foot-long parabolic trough that was assembled mostly with donated materials and technical expertise from solar industry pr ...

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Desert Energy Enterprise Center to drive renewable energy jobs

Posted: April 02, 2012
Green jobs have arrived in the Coachella Valley, and a pipeline of new renewable energy projects will keep the opportunities coming - along with a need for ongoing job training programs. That was the message trumpeted from the dais at College of the Desert's renewable energy training center in Palm Springs as state and local officials gathered to unveil the facility's newest piece of equipment - a ...

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Three Thoughts: What will it take to bring more jobs to Kern?

Posted: January 31, 2012
"U.S. News and World Report" recently dubbed Bakersfield among the 10 worst cities in the nation for finding a job. Kern County's unemployment rate was 14.5 percent in December, making the average for all of last year 15.2 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department. Our question: What will it take to bring more jobs to Kern County? ...

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Paid green jobs with the CCC and free training in electrical technology & lighting for young veterans

Posted: November 09, 2011
Do you want to learn lighting and electrical technology for free and get paid to work for California Conservation Corps in Sacramento? Veterans are wanted to work for the California Conservation Corps in Sacramento. ...

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Matsui Announces $300,000 in Federal Grants for SETA's On-The-Job Training Program

Posted: October 25, 2011
Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) held a press conference announcing that the Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) is receiving $300,000 in federal funding to support SETA's On-The-Job Training Program. ...

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Cuyamaca College Offers Introduction to Green Building Careers With Free Training

Posted: October 24, 2011
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a three-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. ...

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Los Rios’ ‘Green Force:’ The green grads

Posted: October 17, 2011
Jobs that pay decent, living wages can be few and far between, but some measure of help is here for eco-conscious students. It comes in the form of training for the green economy at all Los Rios Community College campuses, all four of which boast slices of the green-training pie. ...

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2011 Green Schools and Colleges Leadership Award Winners Announced

Posted: October 13, 2011
Curriculum Award: RichmondBUILD and Contra Costa Community College -- The RichmondBUILD Green Jobs Training Academy was first developed in 2007 to create employment and career opportunities in Richmond and the greater Bay Area. A strong partnership with Contra Costa College improved curriculum delivery. To date, RichmondBUILD graduates have a 90 percent job placement rate. ...

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Solano’s Green Mechanics

Posted: September 15, 2011
With a $500,000 grant from the California Employment Development Department, Solano Community College will be training mechanics to work on hybrid electric vehicles. The college hopes to train 320 employed and unemployed mechanics, and the grant will help Solano create a new auto technology facility. With the growing demand for electric and hybrid vehicles, the demand for trained mechanics to work ...

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RichmondBUILD Gets $115,000 for Green Workforce Training

Posted: September 15, 2011
Contra Costa College is part of the partnership established by the City of Richmond that offers training in green construction, solar installation and energy efficiency. The program, RichmondBUILD, got a big boost recently when Chevron, Pacific Gas & Electric and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chipped in to provide $115,000. During an event recognizing RichmondBUILD’s achievements, Lt. G ...

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Marin Employment Connection Receives $399,000 Grant

Posted: September 13, 2011
Marin Employment Connection has received a $399,000 grant to provide training and certifications in the green economy. This program will provide 100 unemployed, underemployed, or incumbent workers with vocational training. ...

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Dozens graduate from Richmond green jobs program

Posted: August 19, 2011
In this tough economy, dozens are graduating today from a program in Richmond that is specifically designed to train a green work force that comes from challenged backgrounds. ...

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Butte College adds distinction as first U.S. campus to go grid-positive to its already innovative focus on sustainability

Posted: August 18, 2011
Butte has developed new curriculum to best prepare students for emerging industries based around clean energy and sustainability issues. These include a 17-unit Sustainability Studies Certificate Program and a Clean Energy Workforce Training Program. Miller said seven students who completed the training program were hired for Phase III of Butte’s solar project. ...

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Q&A with Michele Bresso, KCCD's associate vice chancellor of governmental and external relations

Posted: August 15, 2011
We asked Michele Bresso, associate vice chancellor of governmental and external relations for the Kern Community College District, to share insights about the district and its colleges. Bresso took on her new role, which is also a new position for the district, on Aug. 1. ...

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Redwood Coast Clean Energy training program ends, reports success

Posted: August 03, 2011
CR’s Community & Economic Development was involved in two successful workforce investment act funded training programs here on the North Coast that ended in June. ...

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Green training, jobs and industry clusters

Posted: July 22, 2011
Per usual, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership’s Renewable Energy Roundtable was buzzing with good news on the latest developments on the valley’s green scene. First and foremost, Larry McLaughlin, who heads up College of the Desert’s Desert Enterprise Center in Palm Springs, announced the facility has received a $600,000 grant from the state Economic Development Department and the Cal ...

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College Offers Green Job Training

Posted: July 19, 2011
Even though Salinas lost one major green business this week when Green Vehicles failed to get enough investors to match its funding, Hartnell College is stepping up its training for green jobs. ...

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Worker training funds flow to Central Valley

Posted: July 11, 2011
The Central Valley will get a portion of more than $8 million in state grants to help retrain jobless or under-employed workers. ...

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Green apprentices learn how to fix up town

Posted: June 17, 2011
Southern Humboldt County is benefitting from the hard work of eight local youth, aged 19 through 24, who are involved in the Redwood Coast Pre-Apprenticeship Green Building Program. ...

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New Website Opens The Door to Employment and Education Opportunities for Inland Empire Youth

Posted: June 13, 2011
The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Youth Council has designed a new website specifically for San Bernardino County youth, ages 14 through 21 at www.SBCountyJobOps.com. ...

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This Valley Life: Putting your home to the energy test

Posted: June 09, 2011
Ask Laura Ryan if she has seen any bright spots amid our country's weak economy, and her answer is a refreshing "Yes." Ryan, who serves as Pleasanton's manager of energy and sustainability, is excited about her city's new partnership with California Youth Energy Services, a nonprofit summer program established in 2000 that hires and trains local youth ages 15-22 to serve as energy specialists. ...

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Clean Energy and Green Jobs in California

Posted: June 02, 2011
The California Energy Commission has a useful website called Clean Energy Workforce Training with information and links for those who want to get jobs in clean energy or further their existing careers. Its homepage lists training and certification providers, as well as cleantech associations. All of them can help job hunters find a green jobs position. ...

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