In 2010, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) received a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide training for green jobs in the following areas: energy efficient building, construction and retrofitting; renewable electric power; and energy efficiency assessment. The grant was funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. As a result, the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coalition, with a sub-grant it received from the Arkansas DWS, purchased the new mobile training unit to aid in apprenticeship training for jobs in "green" industries.
On April 28 and 29, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) hosted the ARRA State Labor Market Information Improvement (LMII) Grantee Symposium. The Symposium focused on the research and results gained by the State LMII grantees. Attendees discussed and shared their outcomes with each other through two (2) full days of presentations, panels, and networking opportunities. The symposium agenda and speakers' presentations, along with an archive of audio and video feed of the panels and special presentations on both days is available for your use http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/20110518-eta-greenjobs . The State LMI Improvement (SLMII) Grantee Symposium presentations and panel discussions are now available on YouTube and at: https://winwin.workforce3one.org/view/4101115146126722546/info
ARRA Pathways Out of Poverty grantee, PathStone in Rochester NY was profiled on May 13 on NPR's This American Life. Unemployment is 9 percent, but it's worst among high school dropouts and people with only a high school education. Adam went to a place that's trying to help them find jobs: an organization called Pathstone, in Rochester, NY. (8 minutes)
Nevada's Workforce Connections YouthBuild Program, an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grantee, has found a way to bring green jobs training to the community.
The Northeast Consortium’s “Making Green Real” proposal is designed to put a solid research framework around the discussion of the green economy and allow all the customers who will employ, train, and work in the field to make decisions based on solid information. The project aims to create a region-wide information distribution web site, clear definitions of green occupations and green industries, auto-code jobs and firms based on green definitions, estimate green jobs and industries produced quarterly, project 6 to 12 month vacancies covering green and non-green jobs, expand information based on real time analysis, and provide information to assist educators to design new and improved training. In addition, a green employer list with green tags will be applied to the InfoUSA employer database.
The BlueGreen Alliance and the Economic Policy Institute just released Rebuilding Green: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Green Economy. Page 33 of this report is essentially a one-page summary of the DOL grantee Utility Workers Union of America that has three sites (in CA, NJ, and MA) and received close to $5 million. There are introductory paragraphs that mention the $500 million appropriated to DOL through the Recovery Act to train workers for green jobs.
Six Oklahoma work force training programs will share $3 million in federal stimulus money to train people for jobs in green industries.
Victor Nazario is a New York City building superintendent who graduated from the 32BJ Training Fund’s 1,000 Green Supers program. Click here to learn about Victor’s path to a green job.
The 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund is training building superintendents in New York City to operate and maintain their buildings in the most energy efficient way possible. Click here to learn more about this program, and how their labor-management partnership is helping upskill an entire industry for a green 21st century.
Check out these postcards that were submitted by the ARRA Grantees at the 2010 Institute last month.
ETA wants to hear from you about existing green jobs training.
Download the entire video transcript of Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Labor, requesting input from key stakeholders including the workforce system, employers, community and technical colleges, federal agencies, and other interested parties who would like to share feedback about future investments in green sectors and occupations.
In an effort to create a greener and more energy efficient state, Colorado has committed over $5 million to prepare its workforce for green industry careers. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and administered through the US Department of Labor, the Colorado State Energy Sector Partnership will work with local workforce investment boards, businesses, and Everblue Training Institute to catalyze job growth and awareness in the green energy sector.
The file contains a listing of Recovery Act grants awarded by the U. S. Department of Energy and the U. S. Department of Labor respectively.
Read the blog from the U.S. Department of Labor's Secretary Solis on her visit to Denver earlier this month.
An American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Training Partnership grant recipient, Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, is using its grant to targets current craft workers in need of skill upgrades. The success of the grant project to date was the ability to submit a grant proposal that included ten different Joint Apprenticeship & Training Councils (JATCs) from across the state.
25 communities were elected for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to “ramp-up” energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns – and eventually entire states. These partnerships will support large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses. The following governments and non-profit organizations have been selected for Retrofit Ramp-Up awards. These projects are planned to begin in fall 2010. Final award amounts are subject to negotiation: * Austin, Texas - $10 million * Boulder County, Colorado - $25 million * Camden, New Jersey - $5 million * Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning - $25 million * Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Ohio - $17 million * Greensboro, North Carolina - $5 million * Indianapolis, Indiana - $10 million * Kansas City, Missouri - $20 million * Los Angeles County, California - $30 million * Lowell, Massachusetts - $5 million * State of Maine - $30 million * State of Maryland - $20 million * State of Michigan - $30 million * State of Missouri - $5 million * Omaha, Nebraska - $10 million * State of New Hampshire - $10 million * New York State Research and Development Authority - $40 million * Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - $25 million * Phoenix, Arizona - $25 million * Portland, Oregon - $20 million * San Antonio, Texas - $10 million * Seattle, Washington - $20 million * Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance - $20 million * Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Ohio - $15 million * Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation - $20 million