The U.S. Department of Energy isn’t the only agency providing grant funds to green jobs training program. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that $9 million in funding has been awarded to green job training programs for military veterans. These funds are part of the department’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP).

The $9 million in funding will provide clean energy training to approximately 4,000 veterans in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The programs will provide veterans with skill assessments, job counseling, classroom and/or on-the-job training, placement assistance, and more.

Grant awards ranged from $146,628 to the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Missouri, a 1st year VWIP grantee to $500,000. The top award of $500,000 was given to one first year VWIP grantee and a handful of second year recipients including Goodwill Industries of Houston in Texas, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

“The funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served — particularly as they relate to veterans who are homeless, disabled or economically disadvantaged — and they have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs.” Source: DOL

While the primary focus of these grants is to provide clean energy job training to veterans, the program is also similar to other green job training programs in that it is also designed to provide good, green jobs to underserved populations including individuals with disabilities, unemployed, and under employed Americans.

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