Green Jobs Training Planned For New Jersey

Union County, New Jersey, is home to job seekers hailing from both blue collar and and white collar professions. Now, a new program will offer green job training in two tracks, aimed at helping individuals utilize their existing knowledge in moving into green collar jobs.

The program is being offered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was developed in partnership with Rutgers University, School of Engineering; Union County College’s Industry-Business Institute; and Union County government’s Workforce Investment Board. It will offer nationally-recognized certifications to those enrolled and will begin on April 19.

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The residential track, designed to serve displaced construction and/or manufacturing workers, includes courses in residential home energy inspection and solar panel installation. Prior work experience in the construction and/or electrical trades is noted as a plus for individuals interested in making the most of this track.

The commercial track was designed to serve displaced professional workers, such as systems analysts, computer programmers, trainers, project leaders; project managers; marketing and sales workers; accountants, etc. This track will focus on the new “Sustainability Management” career, which encompasses public relations, environmental regulatory compliance, and the ability to identify cost reductions through energy savings, supply chain, and manufacturing waste.

Pre-registration for the program is required. Interested individuals in Union County should contact Elizabeth Paskewich at the Union County Workforce Investment Board, at 908-527-4886 or  via e-mail at epaskewich@ucnj.org.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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