15 May '11, 5pm

Do green-collar job training programs really work?

Do green-collar job training programs really work?

In Feb. 2009, the Obama administration gave out two-year, stimulus-funded grants of $435 million for hundreds of "green collar" job-training programs across the country. The intent of the grants was to help the people most impacted by the recession -- young people from low-income communities and laid-off blue-collar workers -- gain skills and jobs in the emerging fields of renewable energy. Last year, the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds without a high school diploma was 33 percent -- the highest since 1947. I decided then to follow the story of one green-collar job-training class in Richmond. Many of the trainees I met were single parents or high school dropouts who couldn't get jobs, and some had lost faith in their ability to control their future.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-jobs/2011-05-15-untimely-death...

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The Real Payback on Green Job Training Programs

The Real Payback on Green Job Training Programs

triplepundit.com 16 May '11, 9am

So in the end green job training programs enhance the trainee’s personal life, educate their interactions with the environ...