Iowa receives $5.9 million grant for green jobs training

Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids talks with Iowa wind energy students from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids talks with Iowa wind energy students from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Today the U.S. Department of Labor awarded Iowa a three-year, $5.9 million grant to help workers develop the skills required in Iowa’s emerging green industries.  Iowa’s grant will target renewable energy, energy efficiency, Smart Grid technology, energy assessments and other industries to increase the state’s overall strength in the green economy.

Over the next three years, the Iowa Energy Sector Partnership will implement a state-driven green workforce development plan with prioritized training needs, as identified by the Iowa Green Jobs Task Force. The project will focus on creating green jobs and training Iowa workers with skills for the energy sector.

“Iowa is leading the way with the retention and creation of ‘green collar’ jobs of the future,” said Governor Chet Culver in a press release. “I look forward to our continued work with the Iowa Energy Sector Partnership, public, and private entities as we work together to make Iowa the renewable energy capital of the United States, and build a world-class green economy.”

The grant is part of a larger Recovery Act initiative to train workers for 21st century jobs.

“These grants will help workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building the green economy of the 21st century,” said U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in a press release announcing 34 national awards.

Key partners within the Energy Sector Grant include the Governor’s Office, Iowa Office of Energy Independence, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa Department of Education, Master Builders of Iowa, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Iowa Utility Association, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Central Iowa Works (CIW), Siouxland Tri-State Regional Innovation Project, Center for Industrial Research Services (CIRAS), Institute for Decision Making, and Kirkwood Community College Outreach Services.

Posted Jan. 20th, 2010 at 8:33 pm by
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