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Green Energy Partnership Accelerated Program Trains 63 for Careers

May 19, 2011

The St. Louis Area Green Energy Partnership, formed by St. Louis Community and the United Auto Workers-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, has prepared 63 individuals for green career pathways through an accelerated-format program.

"As green jobs continue to develop in our region, we are providing opportunities for individuals to enter these pathways as entry-level skilled technicians," said Rod Nunn, STLCC’s vice chancellor for workforce and community development. "Workforce development is a journey, not a destination, so we expect these individuals to continue to learn and earn as opportunities present themselves throughout their careers."

Joe Raben, who completed energy technician fundamentals training, said: “This is great knowledge. Energy is in the news and is steadily becoming too expensive to waste. It is the perfect time to help others identify their energy waste and live more comfortable, healthy lives while saving money and the climate.”

Through this partnership, eligible participants may select from four accelerated training programs:

  • Energy technician fundamentals
  • Environmental hazardous materials technician
  • Green manufacturing process technician
  • Hybrid/electric vehicle

"With the escalating cost of electric, natural gas and petroleum, there is a heightened awareness from all sectors regarding energy efficiency,” said Mike Dunlap, one of the program's instructors. “Plant managers, business owners, building and facility operators as well as home owners all are looking for energy cost containment opportunities."

Funding for this partnership is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information, contact Eric Whitehead at 314-539-5022 or ewhitehead@stlcc.edu.