LBCC awarded $2.43 million in Workforce Training Grants to support green economy

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More than 400 new and displaced workers will receive training through California Clean Energy Workforce Training Programs conducted by LBCC

green-construction-trainingLong Beach City College (LBCC) was awarded $2.43 million in grants to support workforce training programs. These grants were part of the $27 million in grants awarded through largest state-sponsored green jobs training program in the nation.

LBCC won in three grant competitions in two major areas: the California Clean Energy Workforce Training Program and the Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Workforce Development and Training Program. LBCC was the only Community College in California to receive more than one grant, and will receive a total award of $2.43 million.

“I am ecstatic about winning grants in all three areas,” said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “The award signifies the strength of our workforce training programs, economic and resource development staff and especially the strong partnerships we have created to support the great Long Beach economy.”

LBCC also raised $4.2 million in matching funds from 27 different partners including the City and Port of Long Beach, Siemens, and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, among many others. In sum, more than $6 million will be invested in Long Beach job training programs to help displaced and new workers enter the workforce with new and improved skills.

Job Training in Long Beach

The goal of the program is to develop 21st century training programs for workers with all levels of experience. It is anticipated that statewide, grant recipients will prepare 5,600 workers for hands-on jobs, such as installing solar panels and maintaining electric vehicles to computer programming and researching fuel cell technologies, to help develop the state’s low-carbon, clean energy economy of tomorrow. In Long Beach, three job programs will train 435 workers.

The LBCC Green Building and Water/Energy Efficiency Workforce Training Program will train 125 unemployed or underemployed workers with a focus on workers with construction experience and facilitate the attainment of industry-certified certificates.

In partnership with the City of Long Beach, the Port of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, Siemens USA and local small businesses, The LBCC Water/Energy Efficiency Pre-Apprenticeship Program will provide a comprehensive training to 100 new workforce entrants with little or no construction experience.

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and Long Beach Community College District’s Green Vehicle Technician Training Program provides a tiered training program to 210 workers over the 18 month project period.

Job Training for the Green Economy

“California’s goals in renewable energy development, climate change reduction, clean transportation and green building are driving green job growth — and these funds are pivotal to building a workforce to meet that demand,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when announcing the green job training programs. “This program represents the kind of innovative thinking needed to steer our economy toward a greener future while targeting the unemployed, underemployed and new workforce members at a time when we must do everything possible to help Californians return to work.”

The grants are provided by the California Recovery Taskforce, in collaboration with the Green Collar Jobs Council, the California Energy Commission, the Employment Development Department, the Employment Training Panel and the California Workforce Investment Board.

These job training programs will begin in Long Beach in mid-to-late November and will be completed within 18 months, per the grant terms. For more information about the work programs, please contact Rola Halawanji at or 562-938-3148.

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