U.S. Department of Labor announces nearly $190 million in State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants for green jobs

Jan 20, 2010, 13:03 ET from U.S. Department of Labor

Department's 2010 investment in green jobs edges toward $440 million mark in 3 weeks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $190 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Less than a month into 2010, the department's investment in this growing area of the job marketplace is close to the $440 million mark.

"These grants will help 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 Solis.

Thirty-four awards ranging from approximately $2 million to $6 million each are being made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and One-Stop Career Center delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.  

These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Create an integrated system of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low-skilled workers leading to employment in green industries.
  • Support states in implementing a statewide energy sector strategy including governors' overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
  • Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts.

Today's grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.  For a full listing of the grants and project descriptions, visit http://www.doleta.gov/pdf/SESP_Summaries.pdf.  To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit http://www.dol.gov/dol/media/webcast/energysector.

To find out more about job training opportunities available through the Department of Labor, call the National Contact Center's toll-free helpline at: 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365) or TTY 877-889-5627.

Editor's Note:  Charts reflecting the grantees announced today follow this news release.

State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants


Grant Recipient

state

AUTO- IMPACTED COUNTIES SERVED

Award AMOUNT

PARTICIPANTS Served

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)


Alabama


Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes, Butler, Madison, Limestone and Marshall


$6,000,000


Veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, low-income workers and disadvantaged individuals

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska


N/A


$3,600,000


Minorities, recipients of public assistance, veterans, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, unemployed and underemployed individuals, dislocated workers, out-of-school youth and incumbent workers

Arizona Department of Economic Security


Arizona


N/A


$5,000,000


Dislocated workers, underemployed workers, veterans, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals with disabilities


Arkansas Workforce Investment Board/Department of Workforce Services

Arkansas


Cleburne, Desha, Greene and Logan

$4,866,479


High school dropouts, offenders, unemployed workers, and other disadvantaged, at-risk individuals


State of California Employment Development Department


California


Alameda and Los Angeles


$6,000,000


Dislocated workers, veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, low-income youth and adults, new workforce entrants, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records


Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Colorado


N/A


$5,998,050

Older workers, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, dislocated workers and ex-offenders


Connecticut Employment and Training Commission

Connecticut


N/A


$3,360, 000

Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, underrepresented ethnic minorities and recent immigrants


Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations


Hawaii


N/A


$6,000,000


Incumbent workers, low-income/low-skilled individuals, disadvantaged persons with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities and veterans


Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho


N/A

$5,991,184


Veterans, dislocated workers, low-skill adults and youth, and other targeted populations



Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Illinois


Boone, Cook and McLean

$6,000,000


Low-skilled individuals, new labor market entrants, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, underemployed individuals, veterans, minority contractors, disadvantaged adults and youth, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records


Indiana Department of Workforce Development



Indiana


45 counties – for a list, see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf


$6,000,000


Incumbent and dislocated workers, unemployed workers, adults with barrier to employment, and out-of-school youth

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa


Cass, Chickasaw, Fremont, Howard, Iowa, Louisa, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Union and Wright


$5,997,000


Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals and incumbent workers


Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas


Allen


$5,999, 890


Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, older youth, former prisoners and individuals seeking career pathways out of poverty


Education and Workforce Development Cabinet


Kentucky


Cumberland, Fulton, Hopkins, Pulaski and Trigg


$4,740,457

Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, out-of-school youth and veterans



Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Maryland


N/A


$5,793,183

Incumbent and dislocated workers, veterans and reservists, low-wage workers and individuals with criminal records

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development


Massachusetts


N/A

$5,973,657


Unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers


Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth


Michigan


Midland, Saginaw, Genesee, Bay, Roscommon, Losco, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Clair, Macomb and Oakland

$5,819,999

Dislocated workers and incumbent workers


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


Minnesota


Clearwater and Ramsey


$6,000,000

Unemployed workers, incumbent workers, individuals with limited English proficiency, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, individuals with criminal records, high school dropouts, youth, dislocated workers, veterans and minority populations



Missouri Division of Workforce Development

Missouri


St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Clay County and Randolph County


$6,000,000


Veterans and active duty military personnel, incumbent workers and unemployed workers

Nebraska Department of Labor


Nebraska


Dawson


$4,839,511


Workers impacted by energy policy, incumbent workers, veterans, unemployed individuals, at-risk youth and individuals with criminal records


Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation


Nevada


N/A


$6,000,000


Dislocated workers, individuals with criminal records, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans, former foster youth, young pregnant and single mothers, individuals receiving public assistance and other low-income individuals

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Jersey


Middlesex and Union

$6,000,000

Out-of school youth, adults with limited basic skills, individuals with criminal histories and individuals with disabilities

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions


New Mexico


N/A


$5,999,989

Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, women, veterans, military spouses and high school dropouts



North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development

North Carolina

Scotland

$5,976,512


Unemployed workers, military spouses, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records, farmers, and migrant and seasonal workers


State of Ohio

Ohio


44 counties – for a list see http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/Amend-01-SGA-DFA-PY-08-20.pdf

$6,000,000


Dislocated workers, veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents


State of Oklahoma


Oklahoma

Oklahoma and Marshall

$6,000,000

Unemployed workers and incumbent workers


State of Oregon

Oregon

N/A


$5,383,568

Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry


Pennsylvania

Allegheny and Tioga

$6,000,000


Dislocated workers, youth and high school dropouts, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals with limited English proficiency


South Dakota Department of Labor


South Dakota

N/A


$2,500,000


Veterans, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, and individuals with a criminal record


Utah Department of Workforce Services  

Utah

Box Elder  


$4,600,000

Dislocated workers, disadvantaged youth and veterans

Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Washington

N/A


$5,973,635


Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, low-income adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans

WorkForce West Virginia

West Virginia


Putnam


$6,000,000


Veterans, unemployed workers and individuals with criminal records


Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


Wisconsin


Kenosha and Rock

$6,000,000


Veterans, dislocated workers impacted by auto industry restructuring, individuals who are currently employed in the targeted trades and in need of updated green building or green manufacturing skills training, recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals

Wyoming Workforce Development Council


Wyoming


N/A


$4,495,704


Unemployed individuals, tribal members, individuals with criminal records, veterans, at-risk youth and dislocated workers




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