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Alternative and Renewable Fuel
and Vehicle Technology Program:

Imperial Valley – Fueling the Alternative Renewable Movement
Imperial County Workforce Development Board

Type of organization: Workforce Investment Board, partnered with local area biofuels companies.

Type of training: Classes to give unemployed, underemployed or disadvantaged workers the skills needed for the algal biofuels industry.

Area served: Imperial County, southeastern California.

Location of training: Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) classrooms in El Centro, and at the facilities of the primary partners. The program also features on-the-job training.

Estimated trainees: 75

Instruction details:Classes cover these areas of interest:

  • Biodiesel Processing;
  • Biodiesel Safety Procedures;
  • Introduction to Industrial Automation and Control;
  • Instrumentation Mathematics.

Result of classes: Successful graduates will be considered to fill 55 training related job openings.

More about the organization: Thanks to a longer than average growing season, a wide variety of crops, and nearby location to San Diego's bio-technology industry; the Imperial Valley is in a prime location to take advantage of the emerging bio-fuel industry. The bio-fuel industry sector is established and growing in the Imperial County; five of the bio-fuel companies making up this industry (SunEco Energy, Carbon Capture Corporation, Biolight, Pacificland International Development Company, and California Ethanol and Power) have committed to partner in this effort. Of those five companies, three are related to algal bio-fuels.

Find more information here:

Program Manager Contact:
Sam Couchman
(760) 337-5000


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