Friday, January 8, 2010

Secretary Solis announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants

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Secretary Announces Green Jobs Grants

On Wednesday, January 6, Secretary Solis announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the Recovery Act. The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, and minorities find jobs in expanding green industries. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring. “This announcement is part of the administration’s long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic revitalization and a clean energy future,” said Secretary Solis. The grants are built on strategic partnerships — requiring labor and business to work together. The 25 projects selected, ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million, are located across the country.

ETA Rolls Out Green Jobs Community of Practice

The Department’s Employment & Training Administration (ETA) recently launched the Green Jobs Community of Practice (CoP). This on-line virtual community is available through ETA’s knowledge sharing and learning platform — Workforce3One.org. Green Jobs CoP will provide a platform for workforce professionals and leading green job experts to share promising practices, serve as a venue for providing technical assistance to ETA grant-funded programs, and provide a central point of communication.

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