September 03, 2010 12:57 ET
Free Training Program to Stimulate CA Green Job Market
Residential Energy Auditing Training Program Made Possible With Federal Stimulus Funding
SAN BERNARDINO, CA--(Marketwire - September 3, 2010) - The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and CleanEdison are conducting a free, energy auditing training program for dislocated workers. With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, this program is designed to stimulate the regional economy and upgrade workers' job skills to facilitate their reentry into the workforce.
"This program provides crucial training to traditionally under-served community members, as well as retraining incumbent workers seeking to upgrade their skills," said Sandy Harmsen, Director of Workforce Development in San Bernardino County. "This initiative is helping to develop a skilled green workforce and providing career advancement and job security to workers, while helping to meet demand in the growing energy efficiency sector."
With one training session completed last month and another scheduled to start on September 20th, successful students of the program will become Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Building Analysts, trained to perform energy audits on homes. BPI is the nation's premier developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. BPI standards or equivalent are cited by the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as several state Weatherization Assistance Programs.
Individuals that have been trained, tested and certified to BPI's nationally recognized standards use the house-as-a-system approach to improving the performance of existing homes -- an approach proven to reduce home owner annual utility bills by as much as 20 percent or more. CleanEdison's combination of classroom practicum and hands-on field training will enable training participants to quickly transition into the expanding home energy efficiency job market in California and beyond.
San Bernardino County residents interested in participating in this no-cost program should complete the online application at: http://www.cleanedison.com/free-training-application.html or contact Shontá Lewis, San Bernardino Employment Resource Center, at (909) 382-0473.
About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. It strives to develop skills of the county's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.
The Workforce Investment Board, through the county's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County's Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The Employment Resource Centers provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life, and the Business Resource Centers support and provide services to the county's businesses including employee recruitment. The Workforce Investment Board can be reached through 800.451.JOBS or www.csb-win.org.
CleanEdison, Inc. is the nation's leading green job training provider offering award-winning green education services to individuals, companies, federal, state and local governments. Our mission is to promote sustainability and green building practices by offering best-in-class education and expert advice through our customized consulting services and the largest open enrollment green training program in the nation. Winner of the 2009 CTN Green Excellence Seal for Green Education, CleanEdison is part of the US Green Building Council's Education Provider Program and an approved affiliate of the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Headquartered in New York, CleanEdison offers courses in BPI Certification, Energy Auditing, LEED, Solar, Wind and Renewable Energy. To learn more about CleanEdison and to sign up for courses, please visit www.cleanedison.com.