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Green Building and Clean Energy Retraining Partnerships:

Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium

Type of organization: Workforce Investment Board.

Type of training: Preparation for jobs in these fields: Energy Efficiency – Construction, Certified Green Building Professional, Home Energy Rater, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Environmental Control Technology.

Area served: The 11 rural counties in Northern California, which include Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity).

Location of training: The entire Clean Energy Workforce Training Program at Butte College will be part of an articulated, sequenced pathway from the ROP/High School to Butte College to California State University, Chico. Other colleges in the region will be able to adopt these courses for articulation, programs of study and career pathways.

Estimated trainees: 117

Instruction details: The Core Curriculum will consist of Introductory Craft Skills, from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. Core Construction Curriculum components include: Basic Safety, Construction Math, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Materials Handling. Courses for required certifications include:

  • Certified Green Building Professional;
  • Home Energy Rater System (HERs);
  • California Energy Efficiency Standards and Codes;
  • Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation;
  • Solar Thermal Installation;
  • Environmental Control Technology;

Result of classes: Entry-level green building and energy efficiency certifications to more specialized training building long-term career pathways.
Occupations: Eight occupations have been identified with wage ranging from $11 to $64/hour. Energy Efficiency Managers, Construction Project Mgrs, Bldg Retrofit Spec, HVAC Mechanics/Tech/Installers, Energy Auditors/Home Energy Raters, Bldg Operators/Eng Compliance Analyst, and Bldg controls systems Tech.

More about the organization: The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium (NoRTEC) is a Special District formed by a Joint Powers agreement between nine rural Northern California Counties; Butte, Del Norte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. NoRTEC is governed by a 31 member Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and a nine member Governing Board. The WIB represents the local private sector and agency interests and views, and the Governing Board represents the local County Boards of Supervisors. NoRTEC administers Federal and State job training funds, which are subcontracted by NoRTEC to local entities in the nine consortium counties for local service delivery. This area is served by 15 member community colleges in the North/Far North Regional Consortium (N/FNRC), one of seven consortium established by the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges.

Find more information here:

Program Manager Contact:
Charles Brown
(530) 892-9600


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