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Green Building and Clean Energy Retraining Partnerships:

Contra Costa Community College District
Contra Costa Green Building Retraining Partnership (CCGBRP)

Type of organization: Accredited California Community Colleges.

Type of training: Retraining unemployed and underemployed workers with construction experience for "green collar" jobs in solar and energy efficiency industries.

Area served: Contra Costa County, and the larger East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Location of training: Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.

Estimated trainees: 180

Instruction details: Existing construction training programs will be augmented by new training options that address both the demand for new workforce skill sets in the solar and energy efficiency industries and the retraining needs of workers in the recently downsized construction industry. Each college will offer training on the State Energy Efficiency Standards and preparation for the Green Building Professional certification.

Result of classes: Workers will be trained for the solar and energy efficiency industries, have opportunities to earn multiple industry- recognized certifications, and will be assisted to obtain employment. Some will be equipped to start or restart their own Green Building businesses. Those who obtain employment as entry-level installers and technicians can, with experience and in some cases further training, move up to positions as systems designers, project foremen, sales representatives, and management positions.

More about the organization: The Contra Costa Community College District is one of the largest multi-college community college districts in California. The District consists of Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, San Ramon Campus, and Brentwood Center, and annually serves almost 62,000 students. The District, in collaboration with the Contra Costa Workforce Development Board and other partners, is operating the Contra Costa Green Building Retraining Partnership (CCGBRP). Other partners include the City of Richmond/RichmondBUILD program, Solar Richmond, the West County Business Development Center, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development, and several businesses on the Green Business Council advisory group.

Find more information here:

Program Manager Contact:
Tim Leong
(925) 229-1000


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