U.S. Veteran Initiative gets $500K to train Vets for jobs in green energy

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green energy job training for veteransThe United States Veteran Initiative in Long Beach will receive $500,000 to provide thousands of veterans with green jobs training. It is one of 22 grants, totaling more than $9 million, being awarded nationwide. The grants were announced yesterday by Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

Projects that support President Barack Obama’s commitment to “green energy jobs” and propose a clear strategy for training and employment in the renewable energy economy are considered unique and innovative and received priority consideration for these grants.

Jefferson said that the grants, provided under the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program, will “give an estimated 4,000 veterans who have served our country the opportunity to receive training on and participate in the growing renewable energy economy.” Veterans will receive skills assessments, individual job counseling, labor market information, classroom or on-the-job training in green jobs, skills upgrading and retraining, placement assistance and crucial follow-up services.

The funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. These agencies are familiar with the areas and populations to be served – particularly as they relate to veterans who are homeless, disabled or economically disadvantaged – and they have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs. These grants will serve veterans in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service helps veterans, reservists, and National Guard members in securing employment and the rights and benefits associated with such through existing programs, the coordination and merger of programs, and the implementation of new programs. Services provided reflect the changing needs of employers and the eligible veterans population.

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