Press Release: Veterans Career Training Project Launched

Posted by on 03/18/2009 in News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VETERANS GREEN JOBS LAUNCHES CAREER TRAINING PROGRAM SUPPORTING VETERANS TO LEAD AMERICA’S TRANSITION TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ Opens Enrollment for Spring and Summer 2009 Education Programs; Military Veterans from Around the Country Encouraged to Apply Now

BOULDER, CO – March 17, 2009 – Veterans Green Jobs announced today that it has opened enrollment for the Spring and Summer 2009 sessions of the Veterans Green Jobs Academy™. The Academy is a unique hybrid of classroom and on-the-job training designed to move the experienced, disciplined military veteran into a meaningful career in green industries. Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ programs include free or low-cost green job training; multiple industry-recognized home energy audit certifications; and job placement services to veterans seeking to help America restore its economy, environment and communities. All honorably discharged veterans are encouraged to apply now for 8-week training programs beginning in April, June and August 2009 by visiting http://veteransgreenjobs.org/.

The Spring 2009 session of the Academy focuses on home energy efficiency and conservation with an intensive Home Energy Audit Training (HEAT™) certification program. HEAT™ brings environmental education together with supervised on-the-job-training to meet the consumer demand for experts to help lower residential energy consumption. The application to enroll in the Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ can be found here

“Reports indicate that there are nearly 2 million returned or returning military personnel who now face the challenging task of transitioning into civilian careers after their tours in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere. Without effective support and viable economic options, many veterans and their families face serious hardships,” said John M. Garcia, Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. “At the same time, America has a rapidly growing demand for trained workers to implement a nationwide shift to more sustainable “green” technologies, energy sources, business practices and lifestyles.”

“The Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ was launched because we know veterans’ leadership in green industry will be an important catalyst for revitalizing their communities across the nation,” said Brett KenCairn, Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Green Jobs. “The Academy’s goal is to provide career development and meaningful work opportunities that are restorative to our veterans, our economy and our environment.”

The Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ has designed scalable curriculums in environmental industries, business management, and specific job skills that can be immediately applied to the marketplace. The HEAT™ Program is just one of several energy-efficiency-related programs being developed and future programs offered by the Academy include renewable energy, green building, historic building preservation, and disaster preparedness, response and reconstruction.

“Veterans Green Jobs is working to mobilize a highly-skilled population to lead the revival of a national service ethic to address our most pressing problems,” said Brett KenCairn. “That includes setting a standard so that green jobs in this country offer a true living wage and job security, and so that careers in green industries lead to energy independence, ecological restoration, community renewal and economic prosperity for all Americans.”

In collaboration with a broad consortium of partners, Veterans Green Jobs is supporting their military transitions through programs and support services that promote veterans’ personal healing, along with a community-based movement towards healing the economy and the environment. In doing so, Veterans Green Jobs is also mobilizing a dedicated field-tested workforce that our society has already invested in to help the US move quickly towards greater environmental and economic security.

Veterans Green Jobs was recently awarded a grant of nearly $750,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation to launch the Veterans Green Jobs Academy™. The Wal-Mart Foundation grant will fund the establishment of training sites in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico and Washington in 2009, which will serve veterans from around the country. Academy programs will expand to 15 states in 2010 and are anticipated to be in all 50 states as soon as possible.

About Veterans Green Jobs

Veterans Green Jobs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization developing an unprecedented national initiative to offer creative and concrete solutions for three of the most urgent issues of our time: rebuilding a sustainable green economy; reversing deteriorating environmental conditions and climate change threats; and reengaging our nation’s nearly 2 million military service veterans who need meaningful new careers. The Veterans Green Jobs Academy™ provides job training and placement opportunities for military veterans in the emerging green industries. Veterans Green Jobs connects veterans with a wide range of complimentary resources to assist with establishing civilian careers.

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For Veterans Green Jobs, contact:
Kirsten Maynard
415-350-4147
kirsten@veteransgreenjobs.org

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