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Rep. Napolitano Welcomes Funding for Green Jobs Training

November 18, 2009
Press Release

(Washington D.C.)- Rep. Grace Napolitano welcomed news today that several organizations which conduct job training in the 38th District will be receiving a total of $298,122 in grants from the Department of Labor to train local young people to work in green industries such as solar power, water conservation, and energy efficiency.

“These programs will help prepare our young people to take advantage of new green jobs,” Napolitano said. “Evolving green industries are going to provide new economic opportunities in the years ahead, and it is critical for our hard-hit communities that our youngsters be trained and ready to fill those jobs as they appear. While I am pleased to see that our area continues to receive funding and attention, and I applaud the leadership of Secretary Solis and the Administration, I look forward to continued funding and assistance in helping our citizens get back to work.”

The grants distributed were part of a larger $1,130,306 block of funds that went out to green job training projects across California. In addition to the green jobs training grants, the California Employment Development Department also received $1.25 million to estimate the number of green jobs in California, recognize emerging occupations in the green industries, and identify the best way to teach the job skills required for those jobs.

“Today’s announcement is part of the Administration’s long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic growth and a clean energy future. It’s an investment that will help American workers do well while doing good,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “These grants provide an immediate return, and they are the beginning of a larger green initiative that will lead to increased job placements and promote economic growth.”

Some local grant recipients and contacts:

Los Angeles Communities Advocating for Unity, Social Justice and Action (LACAUSA)
Roberto Zardeneta
(323) 887-2500

San Gabriel Valley Conservation and Service Corps
Frank Alvarez
(626) 444-5337

Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)
Bertha Campos
(213) 749-3970