The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
The Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC (WOEJATC) is a joint effort between the IBEW LU 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. It's a model education partnership which produces many of the best-trained electrical apprentices and journeymen in the state. All of the $860,000 annually spent on the Registered Apprenticeship program is privately funded.
The 2012 Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Edmond, Oklahoma is a great opportunity for Lineworkers to compete to show their skills and knowledge through a series of events. See how the Journeymen and Apprentices faired in this year's skills Rodeo.
Nancy Hedrick’s journey provides a great example of the opportunities and increased pay a woman can achieve through Registered Apprenticeship. An apprentice with the Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative (WFEC), Nancy has worked her way up and taken advantage of the opportunities her work ethic and can-do attitude have earned her…an apprenticeship opportunity in the fast-growing energy industry. Read more here.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Green Job Cabinet Education Committee, developed the New Mexico Green Job Guidebook, a resource for job seekers of all types. The 28-page Green Job Guidebook is a resource for job seekers, students, guidance counselors, career advisors, policy makers and anyone else interested in knowing about the tremendous potential of New Mexico’s existing and growing green job marketplace. The guidebook contains an index of current and potential green jobs in New Mexico, how green jobs are a pathway out of poverty, about green job apprenticeship programs offered by unions and utility companies, government-sponsored green job placement assistance, green job programs at New Mexico colleges and universities, and what a green career pathway map is.
New Mexico State University has a role in New Mexico Green Jobs development, according to Vice Provost for Engagement Paul H. Gutierrez, who represented NMSU and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture while serving on Governor Bill Richardson’s Green Jobs Cabinet. The cabinet, with representation from the state’s higher education, public education, workforce solutions and economic development departments, has delivered to the governor the Green Job Cabinet Report on green jobs in New Mexico. The 95-page Green Job Cabinet Report provides an outline of the things that the state needs to do to ensure that New Mexico remains a leader in energy innovation. It also details the state’s abundant renewable energy resources including solar, wind, geothermal and agricultural.
“This grant will help out-of-work Kansans re-train for new jobs in the renewable energy sector,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, who announced the award today at the 2010 Workforce Summit in Topeka. “With these new resources, made possible through the American Recovery Act, Kansas will continue its role as a leader in renewable energy, with a ready and skilled workforce.”
The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently conducted a study of the (EESS) energy efficiency services sector workforce needs. In its’ findings, there’s a shortage of formal training programs in energy efficiency and a need for more funding to train the trainers also and is a high demand right now. This growth is in part due to the funding for energy efficiency programs both federal and state budgets through the use of American Recovery Reinvestment Act Funding.
Throughout its nearly 93-year history, The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding has continued to expand course offerings, increase access to education, and offer apprenticeships in emerging fields, leading to careers with job security and the potential for advancement.
Stimulus aid heats up solar training for "green jobs," reshapes lives. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet met Saturday with trainees and future business entrepreneurs who hope to reshape their lives in the expanding renewable-energy field. They are among as many as 6,000 Colorado residents who will get new "green jobs" directly or indirectly because of the $80 million that Colorado will get through the federal economic recovery act, Bennet said
The Department of Energy today has issued an Request for Information (RFI) on the Photovoltaic (PV) Manufacturing Initiative. This initiative is intended to coordinate stakeholders and technology development efforts across the solar community to facilitate the development of a strong PV manufacturing industry in the United States. The primary goals of this initiative include supporting the creation of a robust United States-based PV manufacturing technology including infrastructure and supply chain base, developing a highly trained workforce with the critical skills required to meet the needs of a rapidly growing industry, and speeding the implementation of new cutting edge technologies.
Larry Buhl, for Yahoo! HotJobs, Yahoo! HotJobs writes about the newest jobs. He states, "The latest directory of job titles from Occupational Information Network (O*Net) features a variety of new entries that many people have never heard before. Some of these jobs -- at least the duties -- have been around in some form for a while. What's new is a "professional pathway" for these careers, according to employment expert and author Laurence Shatkin. "O*Net officially recognizes job titles once there is a critical mass of workers in those jobs and a clear road map for attaining the positions."
The collaborative effort combines funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act Governor's Discretionary 15 percent portion of the federal Workforce Investment Act, Assembly Bill 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program plus public-private partnership matching funds. In the case of Solano Community College, a green building and clean energy pre-apprenticeship training program will get a total of $418,751 including $165,505 from the governors 15 percent portion of the federal Workforce Investment Act and $253,246 in state energy program funding.
Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (CA-05) applauded the awarding of more than $2.4 million to the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) through competitive grants to train unemployed and displaced workers in green building and alternative and renewable fuels programs. The funding was made possible by joint funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and California’s Clean Energy Workforce Training Program.
If you can get an apprenticeship at an electric power company, and learn about the system as you work your way through school, you will place yourself in a good position for promotion to Engineer status.
If you're looking to make a career switch but need to stay employed, you can learn on the job through an apprenticeship program. Carol Tice highlights 10 careers.
Nebraska's electrical training facility participates in the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Center's (NJATC) “ Green Jobs ” curriculum that was recently recognized by several members of Congress as a leading example of green jobs ...
The California Solar Training Partnership received $3.5 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a regional resource and training center. The center, one of nine in the nationwide Installer Instructor Training Network, will enable California to build a highly capable clean energy workforce and to maintain its worldwide leadership in solar energy. As part of this nationwide network, the partnership will design a training curriculum and provide professional development for trainers in solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling technologies. The partnership is a joint effort of the Energy Commission, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the California Center of Sustainable Energy, among others.
Here the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation runs 14 apprenticeship programs for offenders, which includes auto mechanics, office skills, carpentry, roofing and HVAC — heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The Wyoming Workforce Development Council has awarded several grants for Industry Partnership Solutions and Alternative and Renewable Energy Training. Response from Wyoming businesses, educational institutions and other eligible entities was more than anticipated to the Requests For Proposals released in June 2009. The Wyoming Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee was one of the recipients. Training covering installation and maintenance of residential and commercial photovoltaic and wind systems.
A recent survey by CleanEdge Inc. looked at the growth jobs in what is shaping up to be a growth business sector – green industries. There are job opportunities in every area, with a range of educational requirements. The number one sector for near term growth is in Solar PV, or photovoltaic cells.
The NECA-IBEW team is uniquely situated to assist owners and engineering firms to successfully design and implement the growing number of renewable energy projects that are springing up across the country. By focusing on training in renewable energy and green building projects, the NECA-IBEW team has taken a leadership role in the green jobs revolution. Join, Mike Callanan, Executive Director of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the IBEW for more on how NECA-IBEW can help you.
Cleveland, Ohio – Governor Ted Strickland today announced that 25 Ohio projects will receive more than $13 million in grant awards funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program.
Research from the American Solar Energy Society shows that there are about 9 million of these green-collar jobs in the U.S. – with many more on the way. So how do you find one of these jobs? The following insider tips and background can give you the insight you need to help turn your career green.
The Vice President sent a memo to the President demonstrating how the new foundation for a clean energy economy has been laid this year. The memo is thorough and solid – take a look to get a snapshot of how the future will unfold as a result of the investments in the Recovery Act and the President’s budget.
the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) Project, a San Diego-based organization that promotes self-sufficiency for low- and moderate-income families in Southern California, recently launched the Green Careers in Weatherization program with support from the Recovery Act. The goal of this new program is to provide not just weatherization training, but access to career pathways in the construction sector for low- and moderate-income residents. Through partnerships with local labor unions, Green Careers in Weatherization combines on-the-job training with support and job placement services.