Green Jobs Academy Established In Pennsylvania


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

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