ELIZABETH–“Training for jobs in Sustainability Management and Emerging Green Careers” was the topic of a free workshop held at Union County College’s Dr. Thomas H. Brown Center for Business and Educational Advancement on Tuesday, April 19. The program was designed to introduce prospective workers to potential career enhancing training opportunities offered at Union County College through a partnership with the Union County Workforce Investment Board.
The Union County Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with Rutgers University offered a multi-pronged path forward: For entry level employees in construction related fields they make available a program leading to certification in residential home energy auditing or in solar PV basic knowledge, leading to preparation for exams qualifying students in energy auditing or solar panel installation. These programs are free to the student through a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development grant for dislocated workers looking to come back to the workforce from unemployment.
In addition, this WIB program presented a suggested a path for unemployed professionals seeking to retrain for new green career opportunities in sustainability management. Training in these subjects leads to LEED Green Associate certification at the entry level then in specialized areas as needed such as LEED Building Design and Construction, or BPI Envelope/Shell Professional or Carbon Accounting and Reduction Manager. Course listings can be found at http://rate.rutgers.edu/schedule/union.
To take advantage of the WIB training offerings and determine eligibility, prospective participants should contact Elizabeth Paskewich at 1-908-527-4886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These workshops were offered in partnership with Union County College under a Green Workforce Grant funded by the US Department of Education to prepare a pool of highly trained workers for jobs in emerging sustainable energy fields.
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