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Money for Job Corps and the Future!
May 23, 2009 at 10:32 am #72568
Cindy Lou BakerParticipant
HERE IS SOME GREAT NEWS THAT WE KNEW WAS COMING!
Green Initiatives and Projects Funded Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
1. Purpose: To provide the Job Corps community with information and details pertaining to “green” initiatives and projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).
2. Background: The Recovery Act has allocated $250 million in stimulus funds specifically to the Job Corps program. While the principal portion of these funds will be spent on Construction/ Rehabilitation and Renewable Energy Projects, a portion of the discretionary operations fund will be used to jump-start efforts to prepare Job Corps graduates for employment in the green economy and to make our centers more environmentally friendly. This Notice provides instruction for actions and initiatives in both areas, encompassed in large part within two major initiatives – Job Corps’ Green-Collar Training Initiative and Job Corps’ Earth Day Every Day Initiative. Other actions funded under the Recovery Act, such as increasing the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) throughout Job Corps, are ongoing and will be communicated separately to the Job Corps community.
JOB CORPS’ GREEN-COLLAR TRAINING INITIATIVE
The green economy holds great promise of creating good jobs and new career opportunities. Success depends on developing a workforce with the requisite skills and knowledge, and youth are a critical component that must be prepared to participate in the green economy. The National Office of Job Corps has developed a strategy/plan that will kick off the “greening” of Job Corps’ career technical training (CTT) programs and the development of green-collar job training. The plan is designed to:
1. Target Job Corps’ existing population;
2. Ensure a strong set of work readiness skills for future workers in the green economy;
3. Build a set of green career pathways for education and career advancement; and
4. Incorporate green technologies training.
The National Office will begin this critical work by providing career pathways that connect Job Corps youth to the green economy. Initial efforts will focus on three industry areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, and Construction. Over the next 18 months, Job Corps is expected to prepare 10,000 graduates for employment in the green economy. These three CTT program areas represent training opportunities for approximately 15,000 students across all centers at any one time. The greening of Job Corps is an enduring initiative that will extend well beyond the 18-month lifespan of the Recovery Act projects and long after Recovery Act funds have been spent. For the last few years, Job Corps has been transitioning to a standards-based education and training system that leads to industry-recognized credentials and certifications for students, staff, and programs. The strategy/plan for the greening of Job Corps’ CTT programs is consistent with Job Corps’ current direction, practices, and operations.
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT MIGHT BE FIRST ON OUR LIST OF GREEN TRADE TECHNOLOGIES? WHERE WILL THIS LEAD US? ANY OTHER RELATED THOUGHTS?
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