Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cuyamaca College offers introduction to green building careers with free training

  RANCHO SAN DIEGO – For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a three-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 green building program is part of the college district’s efforts to train students for the workforce of the future,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

      A $300 stipend is provided to students who complete the introductory program, designed to provide a basic overview of “green” construction occupations. Topics to be covered include:
  • Basic construction principles
  • Environmental training
  • 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.

      “There couldn’t be a better time to get a green-collar job,” said Jordan DiGiorgio, a program manager for solar water heating with the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), a non-profit organization dedicated to a clean energy future. “Now is a crucial time to join that workforce and become a part of the solar revolution.”

      State and federal rebates are available for people who install energy-efficient technologies on their home or business, DiGiorgio said, and workers will be needed who are trained to install the equipment. 

      A mandatory orientation to review eligibility requirements is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 1 or 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Room L101 at Cuyamaca College.

      The classes meet 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Jan. 23 - Feb. 16. The eligibility process takes about three weeks to complete and includes basic skills assessments and various workshops that must be completed prior to the start of the 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.

      To learn more about the program and register for the mandatory orientation, visit

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