‘Green’ industry training at Cuyamaca

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release) – For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-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 programs at Cuyamaca College are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Jan. 23 – Feb. 16, with another offering from May 7 – June 4. 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.

The green industry is expected to grow in the next few years with an increased emphasis on energy conservation, such as solar energy. State and federal rebates are available for people who install energy-efficient technologies in their home or business, and workers will be needed who are trained to install the equipment.

Those interested in taking the classes must go through an eligibility process that includes basic skills assessments and various workshops that must be completed prior to the start of 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.

Attendance at an informational orientation to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements is required. To register for an orientation, visit www.cuyamaca.edu/preview/greenbuilding/index.htm or email: [email protected].

Preceding provided by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District