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US Dept of Labor announces $100 million in green jobs training grants January 8, 2010

Posted by The Career Engineer in career, economy, jobs, Uncategorized.
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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities affected by auto industry restructuring.

Read more here http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20091526.htm

Another example of the Recovery Act “stimulating’ the training of jobs. This is great news as long as we have GREEN opportunities (aka) business contracts to hire newly GREENED people. I have no doubt this will happen, that is one reason I am  attending the Black Enterprise Energy Forum in Washington DC on Jan 12th! But here is are a couple of concerns I have about these funds… (and programs that it will create.)

  • The money appears earmarked for disadvantaged populations, how will it help middle and upper-class americans who are STRUGGLING in this marketplace as well. will there be income qualification barriers that keep “middle class Americans” from obtaining training with these funds?
  • Will the government-run workforce boards REALLY allow/partner with for profit business community who have services that also help career changers to “re-enter the job force (such as career coaches, etc.)

What say you?  Should these grants ONLY be for the disadvantaged…or should ALL dislocated American’s (regardless of income) have access to specific green trainings?



1. Cheri King - January 9, 2010

Since all American’s are tax paying citizens any tax dollars used for this purpose should be for any dislocated worker’s who want to take advantage of the training. More $$ might be allocated to areas that have the largest population of dislocated worker’s and maybe differentiate by the industry that was affected (those that are becoming obsolete) rather than by the class of the individual seeking training.

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