Part of the switch to a green collar economy is training workers for employment in a green collar industry. In 2007, the Green Jobs Act was passed but it wasn’t funded until this year’s Recovery Act. Emmanuel Hales breaks down the act in easy to understand terms in his green jobs primer. Part of the funding is set aside for training, and 22 students in the state of New Jersey have just graduated from their green jobs training program.
“These men and women were recruited as part of a weatherization pilot program between the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the City of Newark. The two entities launched the initiative in January 2009 in anticipation of federal stimulus funds for residential weatherization and energy conservation.” Source: PR Newswire
All 22 of the graduates were either unemployed or underemployed prior to this training course and are now prepared to go out and help on weatherization projects in Newark. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was on hand at last night’s ceremony to help congratulate the graduates on their accomplishment.
As stimulus dollars hit the streets of America, it is likely that we will continue to see groups of workers graduate from similar classes and begin to help steer our country towards the green collar economy of the future.