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California Green Jobs Corps Training Program Gets Off the Ground

Following a meeting in Sacramento with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to discuss how federal economic stimulus money could help create jobs in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the launch of the California Green Corps. The goal of the California Green Corps is to place at-risk young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 into jobs in the state’s emerging green economy, which is driven in large part by renewable energy.

“President Obama and I share similar priorities right now when it comes to helping the economy rebound and creating a greener California and America,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “In California we will utilize federal economic stimulus funds and public-private partnerships to help stimulate our economy while initiating actions to improve our environment. Green jobs are exactly what our economy and environment need right now – and the California Green Corps targets that need while helping at-risk young adults realize a brighter future.”

Investing at least US $10 million in federal economic stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and an additional $10 million from public-private partnerships, the initial phase of the California Green Corps will include a 20-month pilot program that could help place more than 1,000 of California’s at-risk young adults in the running for green jobs.

The program will consist of a minimum of 10 regional Green Corps throughout the state – with at least one regional Green Corps located in each of California’s nine economic regions. In order to participate, regional organizations must partner to apply for a grant from the state. A Green Corps Advisory Committee will select the winning models.

All programs will be public-private partnerships that include green job training, a stipend, an educational requirement and community service. The program is looking to train participants for jobs as workers, cost estimators, energy analysts, computer technicians and salespersons.

Last year, RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported on program in New Mexico with the same goal of placing at-risk young adults into jobs in the emerging green economy. Click here to read that story.