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Broward County School District awarded $3.3 million in Green Jobs Training Grants

The Broward County Energy Training Partnership, led by Minority Builders of Broward, OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center)

Hypower Systems visited Heron Heights Elementary School in Parkland, bringing along a special trailer that uses a kitchen setting to show people how solar power works. Heron Heights gets about 20 percent of its power from solar and has a regular program that exposes students to science and environmental programs.

and the Broward County Public Schools Technical Centers, has been awarded a $3.3 million training grant by the US Department of Labor.

As part of the federal stimulus package, this grant will allow the partnership to recruit, train and prepare 900 Broward citizens for a range of careers including: hybrid/electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers. The program’s graduates will be eligible for national certification and one of the hundreds of jobs already committed by program partners. In addition to the huge benefits to participants, the program will serve as a kick-off to the county’s move into the Green Economy.

The grant is part of $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) recently announced by US Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Jan 29 2010. Filed under Broward County, Business, College, Emerging Green, Employment, Environmental, Federal Government, Local news, Schools, Technology, Water management. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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