Minnesota Green Jobs Program Sees Success

The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation’s GreenPOWER  job training program has come a long way in its first year. The program, which helps train Minnesotans for green jobs, has helped hundreds and recently celebrated its first birthday.

The GreenPOWER Program offers courses to all types of workers from line workers, to human resources managers, to engineers. The eight-hour classes include topics like: reducing solid waste in the production process, lowering energy and water usage, reducing air pollution, applying green chemistry principles to all aspects of a business and implementing sustainability programs. The program, which was developed by The BlueGreen Alliance, with the help of Purdue University, uses real life, hands-on situations to train students how to apply what they learn on the job.

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According to The BlueGreen Alliance, one in three unemployed GreenPOWER participants are placed in green sector jobs. More than 1,110 incumbent and unemployed manufacturing workers have taken advantage of the free program. So far, 17 manufacturers have partnered with GreenPOWER to have their employees trained through the program.

Funding for the program is provided by a U.S. Department of Labor grant. GreenPOWER’s six courses will be available until the end of 2011. The program is available in southwest, northeast and the Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan areas of Minnesota.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.