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)
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.
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.
California is once again striving to put itself at the forefront of the green community. Recently California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a new green economy initiative for Californians. To help Californians find employment opportunities in green industries, The Golden State has launched an all-new Clean Energy Jobs website.
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.
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
The California Recovery Task Force has announced the availability of up to $10 million in Recovery Act funding for job training grants within the Governor’s newly created California Green Jobs Corps.
The Office of Apprenticeship, with the states of Kansas and Washington, will highlight areas of TEGL 14-08 that incorporate Registered Apprenticeship into policies regarding the activities authorized under the Recovery Act and the Workforce Investment Act. The Webinar will highlight those areas and provide examples from the states of Kansas and Washington on state and local registered apprenticeship activities that can be funded within TEGL 14-08. Areas to be discussed will include: An Overview of TEGL 14-08 - Specifically areas where Registered Apprenticeship is identified by the Office of Apprenticeship Administrator John Ladd. State-wide Policy and Strategic Planning - Liz Smith will discuss Washington State's strategies that utilize Registered Apprenticeship. This is based on state evaluations showing Registered Apprenticeship tops all workforce programs in wages and outcomes. Resource Alignment - Linda Sorrell will highlight Kansas strategies to leverage resources through collaborations between the public workforce system and Registered Apprenticeship. Service Delivery - Linda Sorrell will show how Kansas has incorporated Registered Apprenticeship into the public workforce system’s service delivery operations as part of daily business. Linda Sorrell and Liz Smith will highlight areas where Registered Apprenticeship and the public workforce system are addressing the skill needs of businesses within the green technologies sectors; and highlight areas where pre-apprenticeships are being utilized to help create a pipeline of workers prepared with 21st century skills.
Green For All and PolicyLink have prepared this User’s Guide to assist local and state advocates, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and policymakers in making the best use of recovery dollars. The guide is organized into four parts: The Recovery Act: A Bird’s Eye View Recommendations for Equitable Implementation Advocacy Hooks and Pressure Points Overview of Green Recovery Programs