The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that Indiana has received a $6 million grant from the US Department of Labor to provide green job training to Hoosiers. Forty-five Indiana counties will be impacted by the grants (see list from the Dept. of Labor).
According to DWD’s announcement:
The grant will fund Indiana’s Green Technology Instruction and Training (I GET IT), which will provide the skills and on-the-job experience in the green energy sector to unemployed Hoosiers. The grant will also create an Advanced Energy Training Center that will help the state transition to a green economy.
The grant was one of 34 totalling nearly $190 million announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor and authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 . According to the U.S. Department of Labor announcement,
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.
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.