For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a six-week introductory course, free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership.
The Introduction to Green Building Careers is funded through the State Energy Sector Partnership, an offshoot of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will help displaced workers, the long-term unemployed, new workers, military veterans, and older youths gain the skills to compete for jobs in the expanding green economy.
The program is offered from May 7 through June 25 at Cuyamaca College, with some field trips within San Diego. Sessions are held four to eight hours per day between 8:30-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students must commit to the entire program, and a $300 stipend is provided to students who successfully complete. Topics covered within this overview of “green” construction include:
· Basic construction principles
· Environmental health & safety
· Introduction to green building
· Energy retrofits and efficiency
· Water-efficient buildings and retrofits
· Solar and hot water installation and design
· Solar electricity installation and design
· Work readiness and hands-on work experience.
Students who complete the green building careers program will be prepared to enroll in more specialized training needed to obtain jobs in construction, solar or other energy-efficiency fields.
The green industry is expected to grow in the next few years with an increased emphasis on energy conservation, such as solar energy. State and federal rebates are available for people who install energy-efficient technologies in their home or business, and trained workers will be needed to install the equipment.
Those interested in taking the classes must go through an eligibility process that includes basic skills assessments and various workshops that must be completed prior to the start of class. Students must be 18 years of age or older, be able to read and speak English, registered for selective services, and hold legal status or have authorization to work in the United States.
Attendance at an informational orientation on March 6th or 7th is mandatory to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements is required. To register for an orientation, email: email@example.com .