Bucks County Community College and Gamesa have unveiled the college's Green Jobs Academy in Bristol Township, Pa. Gamesa will support the Green Jobs Academy, both as a primary user and through company-developed wind energy training and curriculum resources.
Gamesa recently launched its own Corporate University, which includes in-person and online facilities outfitted to train workers around the world in sustainable technologies.
The Green Jobs Academy also benefits from $946,000 in state and federal assistance. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $631,000 through a competitive grant process for the community college to develop and expand weatherization-training centers.
The remaining $315,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry – made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – will fund programs geared specifically toward veterans, providing them with job-readiness training to restore the environment and economy while helping them transition back into communities.
The program focuses on renewable energy; pollution prevention and brownfield cleanup; and energy efficiency. All three programs provide technical training, along with internships and additional hands-on experience, veterans' development services and the opportunity to establish career development relationships.
Along with Gamesa, industry partners in Bucks County Community College's Green Jobs Academy include AEPolysilicon, Y-Carbon, Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, PECO, Rhodia and Drexel University.
SOURCE: Bucks County Community College