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ETA News Release: [01/20/2010]
Contact Name: Michael Trupo or Lina Garcia
Phone Number: (202) 693-3414 or x4661
Release Number: 10-0078-NAT

US Department of Labor announces nearly $190 million in State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants for green jobs

Department's 2010 investment in green jobs edges toward $440 million mark in 3 weeks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $190 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants are designed to teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. This set of green grants is the third awarded in as many weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor. Less than a month into 2010, the department's investment in this growing area of the job marketplace is close to the $440 million mark.

"These grants will help workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building the green economy of the 21st century," said Secretary Solis.

Thirty-four awards ranging from approximately $2 million to $6 million each are being made to state workforce investment boards in partnership with their state workforce agencies, local workforce investment boards or regional consortia of boards, and One-Stop Career Center delivery systems. Through the grant awards announced today, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials.

These grants are designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Create an integrated system of education, training and supportive services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled workers leading to employment in green industries.
  • Support states in implementing a statewide energy sector strategy including governors' overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
  • Develop new partnerships with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support strategic planning and implementation efforts.

Today's grants are part of a larger Recovery Act initiative — totaling $500 million — to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries. For a full listing of the grants and project descriptions, visit To view a video by Secretary Solis, visit

To find out more about job training opportunities available through the Department of Labor, call the National Contact Center's toll-free helpline at: 866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365) or TTY 877-889-5627.

Editor's Note: Charts reflecting the grantees announced today is below. Grantees will serve entire states. Approximately $25 million of the total funds available through these grants is reserved to serve the auto-impacted counties listed.

State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grants

Grant Recipient





Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)


Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes, Butler, Madison, Limestone and Marshall


Veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, low-income workers and disadvantaged individuals

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development




Minorities, recipients of public assistance, veterans, people with disabilities, low-income individuals, unemployed and underemployed individuals, dislocated workers, out-of-school youth and incumbent workers

Arizona Department of Economic Security




Dislocated workers, underemployed workers, veterans, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals with disabilities

Arkansas Workforce Investment Board/Department of Workforce Services


Cleburne, Desha, Greene and Logan


High school dropouts, offenders, unemployed workers, and other disadvantaged, at-risk individuals

State of California Employment Development Department


Alameda and Los Angeles


Dislocated workers, veterans, unemployed and underemployed workers, low-income youth and adults, new workforce entrants, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment




Older workers, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, dislocated workers and ex-offenders

Connecticut Employment and Training Commission



$3,360, 000

Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, underrepresented ethnic minorities and recent immigrants

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations




Incumbent workers, low-income/low-skilled individuals, disadvantaged persons with limited English proficiency, people with disabilities and veterans

Idaho Department of Labor




Veterans, dislocated workers, low-skill adults and youth, and other targeted populations

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity


Boone, Cook and McLean


Low-skilled individuals, new labor market entrants, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, underemployed individuals, veterans, minority contractors, disadvantaged adults and youth, individuals with disabilities and individuals with criminal records

Indiana Department of Workforce Development


45 counties — for a list, see


Incumbent and dislocated workers, unemployed workers, adults with barrier to employment, and out-of-school youth

Iowa Workforce Development


Cass, Chickasaw, Fremont, Howard, Iowa, Louisa, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Union and Wright


Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals and incumbent workers

Kansas Department of Commerce



$5,999, 890

Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, older youth, former prisoners and individuals seeking career pathways out of poverty

Education and Workforce Development Cabinet


Cumberland, Fulton, Hopkins, Pulaski and Trigg


Dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, out-of-school youth and veterans

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation




Incumbent and dislocated workers, veterans and reservists, low-wage workers and individuals with criminal records

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development




Unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers

Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth


Midland, Saginaw, Genesee, Bay, Roscommon, Losco, Livingston, Monroe, Wayne, Clair, Macomb and Oakland


Dislocated workers and incumbent workers

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


Clearwater and Ramsey


Unemployed workers, incumbent workers, individuals with limited English proficiency, low-income individuals, individuals with disabilities, individuals with criminal records, high school dropouts, youth, dislocated workers, veterans and minority populations

Missouri Division of Workforce Development


St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Clay County and Randolph County


Veterans and active duty military personnel, incumbent workers and unemployed workers

Nebraska Department of Labor




Workers impacted by energy policy, incumbent workers, veterans, unemployed individuals, at-risk youth and individuals with criminal records

Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation




Dislocated workers, individuals with criminal records, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans, former foster youth, young pregnant and single mothers, individuals receiving public assistance and other low-income individuals

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Jersey

Middlesex and Union


Out-of school youth, adults with limited basic skills, individuals with criminal histories and individuals with disabilities

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

New Mexico



Incumbent workers, unemployed workers, women, veterans, military spouses and high school dropouts

North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Development

North Carolina



Unemployed workers, military spouses, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with criminal records, farmers, and migrant and seasonal workers

State of Ohio


44 counties — for a list see


Dislocated workers, veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents

State of Oklahoma


Oklahoma and Marshall


Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

State of Oregon




Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry


Allegheny and Tioga


Dislocated workers, youth and high school dropouts, individuals with disabilities, veterans and individuals with limited English proficiency

South Dakota Department of Labor

South Dakota



Veterans, dislocated workers, unemployed individuals, and individuals with a criminal record

Utah Department of Workforce Services


Box Elder


Dislocated workers, disadvantaged youth and veterans

Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board




Dislocated workers, incumbent workers, at-risk youth, low-income adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans

WorkForce West Virginia

West Virginia



Veterans, unemployed workers and individuals with criminal records

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


Kenosha and Rock


Veterans, dislocated workers impacted by auto industry restructuring, individuals who are currently employed in the targeted trades and in need of updated green building or green manufacturing skills training, recipients of public assistance and other low-income individuals

Wyoming Workforce Development Council




Unemployed individuals, tribal members, individuals with criminal records, veterans, at-risk youth and dislocated workers