US Department of Labor announces $150 million in training grants for Maine green jobs

$2.1 Million Awarded to EMDC to Create Green Construction Training Program

Solis said, “Green jobs present tremendous opportunities for people who have the core skills and competencies needed in such well-paying and rapidly growing industries as energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

Today’s grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.

EMDC will partner with Eastern Maine Community College, United Technologies Center, Maine State Housing Authority, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 716, and Opportunity Maine.

“Despite the economic downturn, green industries present opportunities for individuals to learn new skills, gain employment, and advance careers,” said Congressman Mike Michaud. “This grant will bring together community partners to establish a training program that will help area residents take advantage of this growing field.”

According to the USDOL, EMDC will implement a green construction skills training program by adopting the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum for applied building science in the energy efficient green building construction and retrofit industries. The competency based model will feature classroom and field training that prepares workers for retrofit and green construction opportunities driven by local and State policies focused on housing retrofits and energy reduction.

The EMDC Green Construction skills training program proposes providing 105 participants with a degree or certificate. Of those who receive a degree or certificate, 90 participant completers will be placed into unsubsidized employment. In addition to participant outcomes, the project will result in the construction of seven energy efficient replacement homes to be built in the local communities.

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