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Building bridges for high school grads to green jobs training

Posted by Kendal Kuneman on 19 Jan 2010
Energy Works is pleased to announce partnerships with the following Michigan institutions that offer green jobs training: Michigan Technological University, Montcalm Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Muskegon Community College, and Oakland Community College. Energy Works will award grant funds totaling $60,000 to the institutions for program development, including the purchase of equipment for training, to fund current projects, and/or other program improvements. Some institutions will use the grant award to fund hands-on projects that will be showcased to high school students.

The Post-Secondary Program will link 30 high schools participating in the Michigan Renewable Schools Program to green jobs training - to improve the economic condition in Michigan and maximize job creation. Energy Works has partnered with institutions that have demonstrated a strong commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy education and have the ability to provide job-ready graduates. Students and faculty at the post-secondary institutions will actively engage with high school students to raise awareness and provide guidance about pursuing careers in Michigan’s green economy, thus growing the pool of Michigan green-collar job candidates. Presentations held by the institutions at area high schools are intended to inform and inspire high school students about prospects for careers in clean energy, and encourage students to seek post-high school training opportunities in their region

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