Oregon Governor Announces Grants to Train Workers for Renewable Energy

March 12, 2007

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski has announced two new grants that will provide workforce training in the renewable energy field. The grants will support training for wind turbine technicians and help expand awareness of job opportunities in sustainable energy. The March 9 announcement included other workforce training grants addressing labor shortages, workforce retention, and the film and video industry.

"Expanding our workforce sector, supporting a clean energy agenda and diversifying our local economies go hand in hand," Governor Kulongoski said in a press release. "Now is the time to help create sustainable, family wage jobs for Oregon families in all of our communities."

The renewable energy workforce grants include:

  • $59,850 for the Wind Turbine Technician Training program at Columbia Gorge Community College. The funds will be used for additional lab curriculum and the creation of an online and distance learning program for the Wind Turbine Technician Training class. It is estimated that 300 to 430 employees will be trained through this program.
  • $48,825 to the Business Alliance for Sustainable Energy (BASE) consortium in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties. BASE will coordinate with the AFL-CIO to connect the efforts of sustainable energy workforce projects and groups across the state, share practices, and expand awareness of workforce and labor opportunities.

The Governor's Strategic Training Fund grants — totaling $281,545 — are supported through federal Workforce Investment Act resources. The fund assists companies with expansions and workforce training. The grants are awarded to regional workforce response teams through regional and local workforce investment boards.

For more information, see the governor's March 9 press release.

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