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Posted on: January 20, 2010

Kansas awarded $6 million Recovery Act grant for green jobs

Kansas has been awarded a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train Kansans for employment in green industries, officials announced today.


“This grant will help out-of-work Kansans re-train for new jobs in the renewable energy sector,” said Governor Mark Parkinson, who announced the award today at the 2010 Workforce Summit in Topeka. “With these new resources, made possible through the American Recovery Act, Kansas will continue its role as a leader in renewable energy, with a ready and skilled workforce.”

The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant – as authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – is designed to teach workers the skills needed in emerging green industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. Kansas was one of 34 states to receive a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant as part of today’s announcement.

The grant will focus primarily on the green industries of: renewable energy operation and construction; renewable energy manufacturing and supply chain; energy transmission; biomass; and green construction/manufacturing. Through the grant, program participants will receive the technical and occupational skills needed to obtain industry-recognized credentials. Specifically, the grant will allow Kansas workforce partners to:
· Create an integrated system of education, training and support services that promotes skill attainment and career pathway development for low-income, low- skilled workers leading to green industry employment.
· Support implementation of a statewide energy sector strategy, including the Governor’s overall workforce visions, state energy policies and training activities that lead to employment in targeted industry sectors.
· Build and strengthen partnerships dedicated to building a skilled clean energy workforce.
· Partner with other agencies receiving Recovery Act funds to support planning and implementation.

Kansas’ grant application was shaped by the State Energy Sector Partnership, which was convened by Governor Parkinson and comprises the KANSASWORKS State Board; Local Workforce Investment Boards; KCC; energy industry leaders, including representatives from natural gas and wind power interests, union representation and electric utilities; Kansas Apprenticeship Program; The Land Institute; KBOR; Veterans Programs; Kansas economic development agencies; and the Kansas departments of Labor, Corrections and Commerce.

Today’s announcement is the third in three weeks by the U.S. Department of Labor, which has now awarded $440 million to fund green workforce projects. For a full listing of the grants, visit http://www.doleta.gov.

For details, contact Joe Monaco with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or jmonaco@kansascommerce.com.

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