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Green Building and Clean Energy Retraining Partnerships:

Kern Community College District

Type of organization: Accredited California Community Colleges.

Type of training: To prepare unemployed and underemployed workers with construction experience for entry-level occupations as utility workers, wind and solar operations and maintenance technicians.

Area served: Kern, Inyo, Mono and Tulare counties.

Location of training: Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso College, Porterville College.

Estimated trainees: 260 Utility workers, including 108 wind and 78 solar (both Photovoltaic and solar-thermal) operations and maintenance technicians.

Instruction details: The program provides a solid foundation in renewable energy principles, utility technology fundamentals and technical knowledge required in the utility-scale renewable energy fields. It includes classroom and hands-on training that provides students with job skills in wind and solar generation, and electricity transmission and distribution.

Result of classes: Program graduates are equipped with the skills to be successful in apprenticeship programs in related fields or to progress in data analysis or management level positions.

More about the organization: The Kern Community College District, along with the Kern, lnyo, Mono and Tulare Workforce Investment Boards, industry, labor and other project partners, will train workers to correct local workforce shortages in the renewable energy field. With five Competitive Renewable Energy Zones, the project area is host to significant renewable generation resources and is expected to account for nearly half of the electricity needed to reach the California's Renewal Portfolio Standard goal of 33 percent.

Find more information here:

Program Manager Contact:
John Means
(661) 336-5036


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