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ETA News Release: [01/06/2010]
Contact Name: Lina Garcia or Michael Trupo
Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x3414
Release Number: 09-1526-NAT

US Department of Labor announces $100 million in green jobs training grants through Recovery Act

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced nearly $100 million in green jobs training grants, as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The grants will support job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations. Approximately $28 million of the total funds will support projects in communities impacted by auto industry restructuring.

Through the Energy Training Partnership Grants being administered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, 25 projects ranging from approximately $1.4 to $5 million each will receive grants. These grants are built on strategic partnerships — requiring labor and business to work together.

"Today's announcement is part of the administration's long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic revitalization and a clean energy future. It's an investment that will help American workers succeed while doing good," said Secretary Solis. "Our outstanding award recipients were selected because their proposed projects will connect workers to career pathways in green industries and occupations through critical, diverse partnerships."

Training activities funded through this grant program will be individually tailored based on occupations and skills identified as in demand in local areas around the country. Training programs will seek to prepare workers for a range of careers including: hybrid/electric auto technicians, weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers.

Grant recipients are expected to work in conjunction with a diverse range of partners, including labor organizations, employers and workforce investment boards. Bringing together the workforce expertise of these groups will allow grantees to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of both workers and employers, and that provide participants with the support needed to successfully complete training. The grantees will utilize these partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable industry credentials and employment, including career opportunities in registered apprenticeship programs.

These 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 and renewable energy industries. The Department of Labor expects to release funding for two remaining green grant award categories over the next several weeks.

For a full listing and project description of each grant recipient, visit To view a video or listen to radio actualities (in English and Spanish) with introductions to the green jobs training grants by Secretary Solis, visit

Editor's Note: Charts reflecting the grantees announced today is below.

Energy Training Partnership Grants

Grant Recipient

Location of Grant

Areas Served


Populations Served

1. Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Washington state

Counties: Clallam, King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish
Cities: Bremerton, Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma


Older youth, dislocated workers, incumbent workers, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities

2. United Auto Workers (UAW)-Labor Employment and Training Corporation (UAW-LETC)


Counties: St. Charles and St. Louis


Veterans, ex-offenders, individuals with disabilities and women

3. H-CAP Inc.

California, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Washington state

California Counties: Los Angeles, Riverside; District of Columbia;
Maryland Counties: Baltimore and Prince Georges;
New York Counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond; and
Washington State County: King


Immigrants and minorities

4. Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO

California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey

California Counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside;
Massachusetts Counties: Suffolk, Norfolk and Plymouth; and New Jersey Counties: Warren, Union, Sussex, Morris, Middlesex and Bergen


Women, minorities, older youth and incumbent workers

5. International Transportation Learning Center

New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Utah

Statewide in New Jersey, New York and Utah; Columbus, Ohio



6. California State Labor Management Cooperation Committee for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association (LMCC-IBEW-NECA)




Unemployed and underemployed electricians

7. Central Vermont Community Action Council Inc.


State of Vermont — all 14 counties and 256 minor civil divisions


Unemployed, underemployed, veterans, high school dropouts, women and individuals with disabilities

8. E.C.I.A Business Growth Inc.

Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin and 27 county regions in Iowa


Unemployed and dislocated workers, high school graduates, veterans, disconnected youth, women and minorities

9. Institute for Career Development (ICD) Inc.

Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

Indiana Counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke;
New York County: Erie;
Ohio County: Cuyahoga; and
Pennsylvania County: Montgomery


Dislocated steelworkers

10. National Ironworkers and Employers Apprenticeship Training and Journeyman Upgrading Fund

Illinois, New York, Texas, and Utah

20 counties in the 5 states impacted by auto restructuring:
areas within 400 miles of La Palma, Calif.; Joliet, Ill.; West Seneca, N.Y.; Arlington, Texas; and Salt Lake City; Utah


Dislocated workers

11. Blue Green Alliance


Twin Cities 7-County Metro Area; Iron Range region of Northeastern Minnesota (Crow Wing, Aitkin, Carton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties); and the 38 southern Minnesota counties


Dislocated workers, women, minorities, veterans, incumbent workers and unemployed steelworkers

12. Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Oregon and Washington

Oregon Counties:
Multnomah, Marion, Polk,
Washington and Yamhill; and Washington Counties: Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum


Unemployed and dislocated workers and employed workers at local renewable energy industries

13. SER Metro-Detroit, Jobs for Progress Inc.


Wayne County, and Detroit


Women, minorities and veterans

14. The Providence Plan

Rhode Island

Rhode Island


Ex-offenders, minorities and dislocated workers

15. Montana Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Council (MEJATC)




Unemployed workers

16. Communications Workers of America (CWA) National Education and Training Trust


Allen, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Montgomery, Richland, Seneca, Shelby and Trumbull


Dislocated workers and veterans

17. Heritage Health Foundation


Upper Monongahela Valley region of Southwestern Pennsylvania


Underemployed and unemployed workers, veterans, women and minorities

18. Thomas Shortman Training Scholarship and Safety Fund

New York

New York City (all five boroughs)


Incumbent workers and minorities

19. Memphis Bioworks Foundation

Tennessee and Arkansas

Tennessee Counties: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton and Weakley; Arkansas Counties: Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Phillips and St. Francis


Dislocated workers

20. International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry

Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, California, New Mexico and Texas

Michigan Counties: Detroit, Livonia, Ann Arbor, Warren, Wayne; Ohio Counties: Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown; Missouri County: St. Louis, Illinois: East St. Louis); California: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Long Beach, Riverside, San Bernardino; New Mexico Counties: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces;
Texas Counties: El Paso and Lubbock


Unemployed and underemployed individuals, veterans, minorities and women

21. Labor's Community Action Inc.




Dislocated workers, incumbent workers and newly trained workers

22. Austin Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC)

Arizona; Oklahoma; Kansas; New Mexico; and Texas

Statewide for all


Unemployed workers and incumbent workers

23. Community Housing Partners Corporation


Counties: Alleghany, Bland, Botetourt, Bristol, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke, Smyth and Washington; Cities: Covington, Galax, Radford, Roanoke and Salem


Unemployed and dislocated workers

24. Broward County Minority Builders Coalition


Broward County


Unemployed workers, veterans, women, ex-offenders and minorities

25. Ohio Electrical Labor Management Cooperative Committee


Auto Industry-Impacted Counties: Adams, Allen, Auglaize, Carroll, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Montgomery, Morrow, Noble, Paulding, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Summit, Trumbull, Union, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot


Incumbent and dislocated workers, including veterans