Workforce Development Program
Launched in 2014 by the SoCalREN, the Workforce Development Program provides training, tools, and opportunities for minority participants in disadvantaged communities across the region to pursue careers in energy and water efficiency. The program is implemented by Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) and also offers business development and capacity building for under-represented businesses in the energy efficiency sector.
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The Workforce Development Program has three primary initiatives:
- The Architecture Construction Engineering Students Engineering Pathway Program has given Los Angeles high school students a head start into clean energy careers through tuition-free college enrollment. During 2017, the program has allowed 340 students, 39% of whom are female, to earn and transfer credits for engineering, architecture, and construction coursework to the California State University and University of California systems.
- The E-Contractor Academy Program builds a pathway from technical education to employment. It extends beyond training and apprenticeship to forge continued capacity building for small minority contractors.
- The Local Worker Hiring Program supports a skilled, diverse workforce to deliver greater energy savings, and broadens choice and opportunity among underserved communities. This initiative includes continued ECC training on innovative systems, best practices, and strategies.
The Workforce Development Program continually pursues new ways to provide greater employment opportunity to under-represented individuals performing energy efficiency project work.
If you would like to learn more about the Workforce Development program, please contact Veronica Soto, Program Director.