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Murray Announces Major Washington State Green Job Training Grants

Jan 06 2010

Recovery Act grants will help hundreds of Washington state workers get the training and skills they need to succeed in the growing clean energy economy

Murray, Solis to discuss WA grants on press conference call today

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that three programs will be receiving funding to train Washington state workers in clean-energy industries. These awards are among the $100 million awarded nationally through the Energy Training Partnership grant awards authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and announced today by U.S Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

One of the programs, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, will be receiving $3,876,171 to train and place 473 Washington state workers in energy efficiency occupations. 

Senator Murray and Secretary Solis will be discussing the Washington state grants on a press conference call today at 2:45 PT/5:45 ET.  Remarks to be followed by question-and-answer session. Call-in number: 888-324-7203. Passcode: 9792030

“These grants will help ensure that as we continue to invest in clean energy technology that will create jobs and boost the economy, workers in Washington state have the skills and training they need to succeed,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Washington state is at the forefront of the growing clean energy industry, and these grants will help keep our workforce strong and successful in the 21st Century economy.”

“Our outstanding award recipients were selected because their proposed projects will connect workers to career pathways in green industries and occupations through diverse partnerships,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Projects receiving funding:

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council: $3,876,171
King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Clallam; Cities: Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bremerton
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council will implement the Sound Energy Efficiency Development (SEED) project through a regional partnership of employers, Workforce Development Councils, labor organizations, community and technical colleges, and One?Stop Career Centers. The SEED program will provide training and job placement assistance in energy efficiency assessment occupations. Approximately 473 participants will be trained and placed in energy efficiency occupations. Participants will earn industry?recognized certificates in residential energy auditing, building operator, and OSHA safety.

Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership: $5,000,000
Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington
Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Yamhil Counties in Oregon
The project will build a skilled workforce to support companies that generate power, and assist local manufacturers in retooling their workforce. Approximately 1,670 participants will complete education and training and it is anticipated that 1,325 participants will receive a degree or certificate.

H?CAP, Inc.: $4,637,551
King County, WA; NY Counties: Kings, Bronx, Richmond, Queens, New York; MD Counties: Baltimore, Prince Georges; CA Counties: Los Angeles, Riverside; District of Columbia
H-CAP will provide green enhanced skills training to job seekers and entry?level environmental service workers for new and emerging green occupations in the healthcare industry. Approximately 3,000 job seekers and entry?level environmental service workers will receive training and approximately 2,700 entry?level workers will receive certificates and training in new and emerging green occupations.

As chairman of the Employment and Workplace Safety subcommittee and a senior member of the committee overseeing funding for job training in the energy industry, Senator Murray worked to ensure that investments in clean-energy workforce training were included in the Recovery Act.  Senator Murray voted to pass the Recovery Act on February 13th. The bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th.