Oklahoma Brings Green Jobs Training to Colleges

by Green Jobs Ready on February 11, 2011

According to such news sources as NewsOK, a subsidiary of The Oklahoman, six educational institutions located in the state of Oklahoma have been selected to receive over $3 million in federal funding via stimulus grants for the expressed purpose of training “more than 4,700 people for careers in emerging green industries.”

The institutions that will receive the millions in federal funding designed specifically to support the development of an able and skilled workforce for the up-and-coming green industries—including solar power, wind power, biofuel, ethanol, and innovations in energy efficiency technology—are the Eastern Region Green Consortium at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee, the State Department of Career and Technology Education Green Consortium, the OSU-Oklahoma City Green Jobs Consortium, East Central University’s Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Consortium, and Rose State College’s Green Healthcare Training Consortium.

Oklahoma Project Green Director Shawna McWaters-Khalousi expressed her high hopes for the allocation of federal funding toward the cultivation of green industry in Oklahoma. “The really exciting news for Oklahoma is that instead of training our goal of 1,000 people, we will be able to train nearly 5,000 Oklahomans for 21st-century jobs,” McWaters-Khalousi is quoted by NewsOK as saying. She continued to say that with these programs, “we [Oklahomans] can create a pipeline of workers with the proper education to have access to quality jobs in the green economy. Many of those kinds of careers pay above the state’s average wage.”

Others, including Stan Greil, the Vice President of Workforce Development at Rose State College, have also offered their praise for the green jobs development programs. “The Oklahoma Project Green grant will be the pacesetter jobs program in 2011 and the years to follow,” Greil is quoted as saying by NewsOK.

To read more, please visit: http://newsok.com/state-groups-earn-money-for-green-training-efforts/article/3539570

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