As part of his Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick today announced nearly $6 million in federal recovery funds to make immediate investments in green job training and support services for unemployed and underemployed workers throughout the Commonwealth.
Today's grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will go toward training for unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers in energy efficient building, construction and retrofit, renewable electric power, biofuels, energy efficiency assessment, sustainable manufacturing, environmental protection and green construction. With these new resources, an estimated 1,400 people will receive training for high-demand jobs where state policies are driving job growth.
"This award from the U.S. Department of Labor is the right grant at the right time," said Governor Deval Patrick. "I am grateful to the Department of Labor and to the Massachusetts congressional delegation for recognizing the green jobs potential that comes from ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy policies adopted at the state level. Massachusetts is poised to make the most of that potential, and has already laid the foundation for major job growth in the clean energy field. This grant will expand those opportunities to more of our workers in the days to come."
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