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Glen Oaks receives $100,000 energy auditor training grant

Glen Oaks Community College, through its Business Services department, has received a $100,000 grant to provide Energy Auditor Certification training along with a Workplace Readiness Certification to 15 individuals within the college’s service area.

The “Michigan Green Jobs Report 2009” indicates that “increased energy efficiency” is one of the five areas included in the state’s future green economy. The report further states that “nearly one quarter of green jobs were attributed to the Energy Efficiency core area, and most of the positions were associated with the state’s construction industry.” For this reason, a focus of this training is to upgrade the current skills of individuals within our dislocated workforce, especially within the construction trades, and to provide the opportunity for those individuals to become more marketable in his or her chosen field with the addition of the Workplace Readiness Certification and the Energy Auditor Certification.

The Energy Auditor Certification will result in a BPI Certification as a Building Analyst, and it will also provide training and certification in the areas of Advanced Equipment and Home Performance Sales and Marketing. This certification will be issued by the Building Science Academy in partnership with Glen Oaks. In addition, the training program will provide participants with training in key employ-ability skills in the areas of Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral Communications, Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Conflict Management/Negotiation Skills, Information Technology Applications, Professional/Work Ethics, Diversity, Creativity/Innovation, Lifelong Learning/Self Direction, Ethics/Social Responsibility and Customer Service. The employ-ability skills focus will result in a Workplace Readiness Certification issued by Glen Oaks. Remedial-level training will also be provided on an as-needed basis.

The 15 participants will also receive a National Career Readiness Certificate and will be selected through the St. Joseph County MI-Works! Any individuals interested in participating in this training should contact MI-Works! at (269) 273-2717.

Potential employment options for individuals successfully completing this training program include utility companies, implementation contractors, building contractors or manufacturers trying to enter the retrofit market, training firms, state weatherization programs and audit firms.

This “Class Size Occupational Skill Training” is being made possible via the Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Michigan MI-Works! through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Training is scheduled to begin on September 8, 2009.