The federal government naturally wants to help veterans of wars find jobs. With the Obama administration’s focus on clean energy, that of course means offering support for green sector jobs. To that end the U.S. Department of Labor announced today 22 grants totaling over $9 million that will be spread around the country to help fund green jobs training programs.
Raymond Jefferson, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, said that these grants, under the department’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program, will “give an estimated 4,000 veterans who have served our country the opportunity to receive training on and participate in the growing renewable energy economy.” Those in these programs will be offered “skills assessments, individual job counseling, labor market information, classroom or on-the-job training in green jobs, skills upgrading and retraining, placement assistance and crucial follow-up services.”
The funds will be made available in a competitive environment to agencies who have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs and whose projects “support President Barack Obama’s commitment to green energy jobs and propose a clear strategy for training and employment in the renewable energy economy.” These grants will serve veterans in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
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