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Grant to train workers for the growing clean energy economy
02/16/2010News release from Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Murray, Sec. Solis Announce Clean Energy Recovery Funding to Train 4,700 Washington
Recovery Act grant will help veterans, other WA state workers get the training and
skills they need to succeed in the growing clean energy economy
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S Secretary of
Labor Hilda Solis announced that the Washington State Workforce Training and Education
Coordinating Board will be receiving $5,973,635 to train Washington state workers
in high demand occupations needed for energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings.
These awards are among the $190 million awarded nationally through the State Energy
Sector Partnership and Training grant awards authorized by the American Recovery and
This grant will help train and place approximately 4,731 dislocated workers, veterans,
at?risk youth, low?income adults, and individuals with disabilities. Participants
may earn certificates in energy management, commercial energy auditing, residential
energy auditing, commercial light auditing, and photovoltaic installation and design.
“This grant will help close to five thousand Washington state workers get the skills
and training they need to succeed in the growing clean-energy industry,” said Senator
Patty Murray. “Washington state is a national leader in the clean-energy sector and
this grant will help ensure that our workforce remains strong and able to fill the
jobs of the 21st century economy.”
“The grant will help Washington state workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting
the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building
the green economy of the 21st century,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
The Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board will implement
training and job placement assistance for targeted populations in high demand occupations
needed for energy efficiency in commercial and public buildings. The grantee will
utilize regional Navigators to provide training?related retention services. Washington
State’s Veterans Conservation Corp and Helmets for Hardhats will conduct outreach
to and recruitment of veterans.
The project will mobilize postsecondary investments in education and training in energy
and energy efficiency to improve the K?12 pipeline of green skilled workers. The grantee
will survey the green labor market bi?annually to measure employment and training
As chairman of the Employment and Workplace Safety subcommittee and a senior member
of the committee overseeing funding for job training, Senator Murray worked to ensure
that investments in clean-energy workforce training were included in the Recovery
Act. Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was
signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.
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