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GCC to train students for green jobs

July 27, 2009

Glendale Community College officials are gearing up to offer a new training program in green technology education after receiving a $100,000 state grant to develop an online curriculum.

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Administrators will use the funds to craft online distance-learning courses that will help students prepare for jobs related to renewable energy technology as part of the state’s pilot program to put more people to work in what is expected to be a growing industry, President/Supt. Dawn Lindsay said Monday.

The college was one of just 10 institutions to receive a portion of the $500,000 doled out by the California Department of Education and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for green technology education.

“I think it’s a huge opportunity for us because I think we’re just really starting to investigate where it could take us,” Lindsay said.

The curriculum will initially include an introductory course on green technology and others related to architecture and building codes relevant for workers whose aim is to increase energy efficiency.

Those courses may offer critical skills for use in Glendale and Burbank, where many buildings will likely need to be retrofitted for sustainability, Burbank Water and Power general manager Ron Davis said.

While buildings can be insulated, or weatherized, to efficiently control temperature and increase energy efficiency, there are not many workers familiar with the skills and techniques for making such changes, despite the clear need for them, Davis said.

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