More Funding for Green Jobs Training in Illinois

by Green Jobs Ready on September 30, 2011

Recent news reports out of Illinois have indicated that even more money is being allocated in the state to jumpstart several programs that train potential workers for green industries in the skills necessary to perform numerous green jobs. As Green Jobs Ready reported this week, a band of several community colleges throughout Illinois are partnering to develop comprehensive and consistent programs that deal with a number of green industry-related subjects and aim to provide pragmatic and forward-thinking training to those enrolled in them.

Now, a local news station for Rockford, Illinois—WREX—is reporting via its online journalistic presence that the City of Rockford is receiving a quarter of a million dollars to “help launch a multi-year green jobs training program” which will help the city directly by facilitating the creation of much-needed employment opportunities and indirectly by speeding progress toward cheaper substitutes for traditional energy sources, such as wind and solar energy.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity seems to be behind the provision of this grant. Department Director Warren Ribley specified that the money will in part go to facilitate training in home weatherization, an important area of green energy jobs that maximizes a home’s efficiency, thereby reducing costs and environmental impact simultaneously.

“Weatherization benefits homeowners by increasing energy efficiency and helping keep their energy costs down,” he is quoted as saying. “This initiative will provide a much needed economic boost to disadvantaged neighborhoods that will help revitalize communities and create jobs.”

For more information, please read WREX’s original coverage here:


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