Jun 4, 2010 6:27 PM by Greg Boyce
The Governor's Energy Office has been selected to receive $963,000 in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand Colorado's weatherization training programs and establish a new weatherization training center in Denver. This is one of 34 projects in 27 states that have been selected to receive $29 million in funding. These projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services.
"A well-trained workforce will be a crucial part of America's clean energy economy in the years ahead," said Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. "These investments in efficiency training programs will help build a foundation for long-term growth in America. Energy efficiency improves the competitiveness of our economy, benefits the environment, and puts Americans back to work."
Colorado's cost-shared $1.2 million project, a partnership with Saturn Resources Management, Red Rocks Community College and Pueblo Community College, will expand regional training capabilities, cultivate a local workforce, and set standards for residential energy efficiency training. The partnership will develop eight weatherization certificate programs and deliver trainings through a combination of online, classroom, and field teaching methods.