California announces $75 million statewide green job training program, nation's largest

Authors: yvonne On August 31, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California announced what will be the largest statewide green jobs training program in the country. Aimed at tackling two major crises facing California - an unemployment rate of nearly 12% and impending climate change - the new Clean Energy Workforce Training program will train more than 20,000 workers in installing solar panels, weatherizing homes, and more. The program will be funded at $75 million. $20 million will come from the Obama Administration's stimulus package while the other $55 million will come from various state and private sources. Speaking at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Governor Schwarzenegger and L.A. Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa announced the initiative after touring the school’s alternative fuels laboratories. Trade-Tech is a leading model in green workforce development within community colleges, with programs in clean fuels, hybrid technology, low emission vehicles, green construction, weatherization, and retrofitting. The Governor’s announcement aligns with his goal to have California receive 20% of its energy from clean sources by 2010.

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