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In the current economy, organizations everywhere are being forced to cut budgets. Education is no exception. During budget cuts earlier in this decade, many voc-tech programs were eliminated. At that time, declining enrollment was cited as one reason. Now, as secondary schools and colleges trim their budgets, voc-tech programs should be preserved.  Last week's "Welding Wire" newsletter featured an item from News/Talk 1110 KBND, Bend, Ore., about a high school metal and welding class that likely will be cut in next year's budget. The Oregon State champs in the Skills USA Competition came from this class. Read more and let us know what you think!

To mark Earth Day, 2009, Secretary Solis hosted with Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a discussion on Women and Green Jobs. For the first time, leading women from labor, business, academia, government and the non-profit sectors from around the country shared how they are shaping our green economic strategy and how we can work together to ensure that women have access to the green economy. (DOL Photo/Shawn Moore)

During the Memorial Day break, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will invite congressional representatives to tour union job-training centers around the country to show them why they are the right choice when it comes to creating a renewable energy work force.  The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee - a partnership between the IBEW and union electrical contractors - unveils its Green Jobs Curriculum next month, which collects more than 70 green training lessons the NJATC has been using into one single curriculum. .  Read More.
Officials with Aiken County and Aiken Technical College in South Carolina are taking on the shortage of emergency paramedics with an apprenticeship program at Aiken Tech.  Read More

In February, Zeran, who graduated from his five-year apprenticeship last July, joined 150 IBEW members from across Minnesota for a lobbying day in St. Paul, where renewable energy was a main focus. “I participated because I realized—early on in my electrical career—that just showing up at work every day is not enough,” says Zeran, who needs one more installation to become certified as a solar specialist by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. The legislature's green jobs task force was already considering more than 20 bills—including bond measures for public projects on green energy—before Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus package. The state has some of the strongest ...Read More

A large solar panel is mounted outside the training center.

Today, Labor Secretary Solis testifed before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Her testimony entitled “Empowering Workers to Rebuild America’s Economy and Longer-Term Competitiveness: Green Skills Training for Workers” was held on Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Here’s the link for the hearing and testimonies

Mark Ayers’ testimony at Senate Hearing has many references and discussion of apprenticeship.  See page 5-6 in particular, for references to registered apprenticeship.  

Also see Testimony by Dean Allen, Chief Executive Officer, McKinstry Company, Seattle, WA, also references apprenticeship – see pages 4-5

To compete and win in the global economy, Registered Apprenticeships are a key in growing a knowledgeable, skilled workforce. This video is made to increase awareness of jobs that require technical...check it out!

Mercury MerCruiser is our Registered Apprenticeship Champion.  They go the extra mile to promote RA for example- calls to prospective customers, serve on the WIB board, attend Action Clinics just to name a few.  We’d like to recognize them for being such a valuable partner over the past 10 years!

We’re interested in hearing about other great RA partners.  Who is your champion and what are they doing to go the extra mile? 

It’s located at 620 Leigon Way, near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard, at the joint training center of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357 and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of Southern Nevada. ... The demand for “ green” jobs could also receive a boost from the federal economic recovery plan, which provides $78.6 billion in clean energy, energy efficiency, environmental and green transportation funding. ...Read more.
Calling all Registered Apprenticeship Programs in California!  Are you connected or engaged in this effort?  This initiative is focused on establishing a pipeline to green careers by recruiting disadvantaged workers into the city training programs that can train and connect unemployed and underemployed workers from under-served communities to construction apprenticeship.  Read more
Team Hawaii came to the Action Clinic already understanding their biggest obstacle was to get state-level leaders engaged in this dialogue. Here's the good news- they didn't spend their time complaining, instead they created an action plan to lead up! They could either wait for the green light or take action. They chose the latter and left  with a plan to convene a grassroots coalition to sell their vision and opportunity. It takes courage and conviction to make change, kudos to my team!