New Mexico Receives Grant Money for Community College Training Programs

by Green Jobs Ready on October 24, 2011

In keeping with the steady stream of recent reports indicating that green jobs training programs offering to educate students and the future alternative energy workforce in skills pertaining to green construction, solar energy, and wind energy, the New Mexico Business Weekly and the New Mexico Independent have both recently ran stories on brand new programs of this sort sprouting up at New Mexico institutions of higher learning.

According to both papers, several New Mexico community colleges will receive $2 million in grant money as part of the Obama administration’s program in conjunction with the United States Department of Labor to cultivate the training of workers in green jobs areas. More specifically, the funding falls under the State Energy Sector Partnership Program, or SESP, which is bracketed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and is described by the New Mexico Independent as a “three year, six-million dollar bundle of funds.”

The three community colleges that will receive the grant money are Tucumcari’s Mesalands Community College, the Central New Mexico Community College, and the Santa Fe Community College. All three institutions will now receive the opportunity to develop curriculum and programs in areas ranging from the larger sectors mentioned previously—wind and solar energy—to research into biofuels and energy efficient practices.

According to the Independent, the state of New Mexico is one of the top states for green jobs, offering many in the solar energy industry. In recent years, several solar power firms have provided thousands of jobs across the state.

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