Business Journal: Los Rios Green Job Training Gets Boost

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Los Rios Community College District will receive more than $2 million in federal funding to establish a clean energy and technology program, a much-needed boost to help the growing industry thrive in the region. The college district – which has four local colleges – will collect the funding from a U.S. Department of Labor job-training grant. Los Rios plans to develop a GreenForce program and train about 1,000 students over a three-year period. The program will cover solar panel systems design and installation, green building design and management, and water system design and operation. The four-county region has about 100 clean-tech companies, which have reported a tough time finding qualified workers. However, the challenging economy has caused financial problems and delayed expansion plans for some clean tech firms in the region during the past few months.