Department of Labor Grant Funds Creation of Illinois Green Career Programs

by Green Jobs Ready on September 28, 2011

According to news releases put out recently by the journalistic staff of the Lake County Sun-Times, a major development has been made for the state of Illinois in the area of green careers and the cultivation of a workforce for burgeoning green industries: the United States Department of Labor has allocated a grant of nearly $20 million to seventeen participating community college institutions throughout the state.

These include the College of Lake County, which is cited by the news staff of the Lake County Sun-Times as the institution that submitted the proposal which represented the corpus of seventeen colleges. The staff notes that the money, which will fund the creation and maintenance of green jobs programs dedicated to instilling individuals with the skills necessary to viably pursue green careers in various industries, such as wind energy and solar energy, comprises one part of more than $500 million allocated via grants from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education. Particularly, the money is aimed to promote “workforce development for economically dislocated workers who are changing careers.”

The College of Lake County intends to creative “comprehensive job training programs” in industrial locations that have been affected by outsourcing, or the moving of jobs overseas. Utilizing a combination of classroom methodology and instruction with online educational tools, the collection of seventeen colleges hope to pioneer a pilot program for green jobs seekers that can then be exported to the rest of the state. Among the areas where individuals may be able to focus or specialize their skills, the Sun-Times reports, include green construction, green manufacturing, green transportation, and green architecture, among others.

For more information about the development of public green jobs education programs in Illinois, please visit: http://newssun.suntimes.com/news/7894075-418/clc-snares-green-jobs-federal-grant-worth-6m.html

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