Last week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the latest round of green jobs training funding stemming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Nearly $100 million from the ARRA will fund training programs that are targeted at underserved communities including veterans, women, at-risk youth, ex-convicts, and minorities.

Twenty-five projects received grants ranging from $1.4 million to $5 million and $28 million of these grant awards were given to communities that have been severely impacted by the domestic auto industry.

The green jobs training programs being funded through the latest round of ARRA grants will not only include weatherization specialists and energy auditors but also provide training for the installation of solar panels as well as hybrid and electric vehicle technicians.

One of these auto-related grant award winners is the United Auto Worker Labor Employment and Training Corporation (UAW-LETC) in St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri. The organization received $3.2 million in funding to provide training to veterans, ex-convicts, women, and individuals with disabilities. This funding will not only provide for hybrid and electric automotive technician training but will also set up a career center to provide job search assistance once training is complete.

The auto industry is poised for a major change in the coming years; read MNN Blogger Jim Motavalli’s post 5 reasons your next car will be electric for a glimpse into the future of the auto market. Individuals that receive hybrid and electric vehicle technician training today are securing their future in a career that is only going to grow in the coming decade.

For more information on the latest round of green jobs training program funding, or to see if a program in your area has received a grant, download the full release from the Department of Labor: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Energy Training Partnership Grants (PDF).

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