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Green Building and Clean Energy Retraining Partnerships:

Humboldt County
Redwood Coast Green Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Type of organization: Workforce Investment Board.

Type of training: Classes in the Building and Systems Construction and Maintenance industry and the Management and Innovation Services industry. Graduating students will be prepared for entry-level work as wastewater technicians, energy efficiency building technicians, rough carpentry workers, HVAC installer assistants, green plumbing assistants, solar installation assistants, and general maintenance and repair workers.

Area served: Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

Location of training: College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California.

Estimated trainees: 100

Instruction details: Training will be offered in a series of classes:

  • Environmental Training, Introduction to Green Building;
  • Energy Fundamentals;
  • Retrofits and Energy Efficiency, Water Efficient;
  • Building And Retrofits;
  • Solar Hot Water Installation and Design Principles;
  • Solar Electricity Installation and Design Principles;
  • OSHA safety.

Additional training for basic and soft skills will prepare new entrants into the workforce. Participants will enter and complete training in cohorts of their peers to encourage team work and networking. All cohorts will include union orientation to understand the opportunities, benefits and operations of union apprenticeship programs.

Result of classes: As each flight completes their training, participants will be placed in work experience training, and then supported through the process of permanent hiring or union apprenticeships.

More about the organization: Del Norte and Humboldt counties are collaborating to build a practical and achievable re-training program with 15 partners across a large, rural area within the region: College of the Redwoods; Eureka Adult School; The Job Market (Humboldt County one-stop operator); Workforce Center–Del Norte; City of Arcata; Yurok Indian Housing Authority; Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District; DANCO Builders; Redwood Coast Energy Authority; Redwood Community Action Agency; A–Step program for Indian youth employment; Maple Service, Inc; Greenway Partners, Inc.; Plan It Green; and the Carpenter's Union Local 751.

Find more information here:

Program Manager Contact:
Jacqueline Debets
(707) 445-7745


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