Six organizations in region to provide green jobs training
MARC support training in energy efficiency, water conservation and deconstruction
Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is supporting six organizations in the Kansas City region to provide workforce development training programs in energy efficiency, water conservation and deconstruction through the EnergyWorks KC program.
EnergyWorks KC is the result of a $20 million grant received by the city of Kansas City, Mo., to transform the energy retrofit market for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Initially, the program targets seven neighborhoods, with the ultimate goal of reaching the metropolitan area. As part of this effort, MARC is developing a green jobs pipeline to provide residents of the target areas with a career path for green job opportunities, from training to certification to employment. Residents will receive the necessary training and skills for energy retrofit careers, to work on EnergyWorks KC projects and other green job opportunities.
Below is an overview of the seven projects funded by MARC with support from the city of Kansas City, Mo.:
|Metropolitan Energy Center||$163,740.32||86||60||30|
|Metropolitan Community College OJT||$85,000||32|
|Metropolitan Community College||$150,000||35||12|
|Full Employment Council||$200,000||45||26|
|University of Central Missouri||$120,145||55|
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||$160,000||22||22||15|
|Johnson County Community College||$63,700||7|
Metropolitan Energy Center
Metropolitan Energy Center will directly train or augment training workers in energy conservation including:
Commercial Energy Auditors, Weatherization Installation Contractors and Weatherization Installation Workers, Deconstruction Workers, Recycling and Reclamation Workers, Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, Asbestos Abatement Workers, Lead Abatement Workers, and Environmental Compliance Inspectors.
Metropolitan Energy Center will work with:
a) unemployed or underemployed individuals seeking work in energy-related fields;
b) incumbent workers seeking additional credentials to advance in their careers; and
c) independent contractors or other businesses seeking additional credentials
Johnson County Community College
Johnson County Community College will provide green job training to JCCC students and help establish a green jobs pipeline in the metro area’s hospitality industry through the Sustainable Hospitality Internship program for seven interns. Program interns will help increase restaurants’ energy efficiency and water conservation.
A stipend to each participating restaurant will help them implement building energy efficiency and/or water conservation measures on their prioritized project recommendation list. Examples include lighting retrofits, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient upgrades to hoods or other equipment, etc.
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College will provide a Construction Green-Up training program to prepare unskilled and low-income individuals for employment in a construction “green job,” with a focus on deconstruction training, which is defined as the selective dismantlement or removal of materials from buildings before, or instead of demolition. The curriculum has been designed around six modules or skill areas: Occupational Safety and Health certification; Lead Renovator, Repair and Painting certification; Forklift Operation certification; Deconstruction and Salvageable Material Training; Business and Entrepreneurship Workshop; and Essential Employability Skills and Career Placement.
University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri will provide two training programs that are a part of the National Energy Retrofit Institute program — Retrofit Brokers (RB) training and Residential Energy Client Service Coordinators (RECSC) training. The Retrofit Broker training will focus on underemployed real estate professionals who will provide direct energy awareness education to property owner. RECSC training will target unemployed individuals who can provide customer service for property owners wanting to explore energy efficiency.
Metropolitan Community College
MCC will train up to 35 individual contractors/laborers in abatement and deconstruction and offer small business development training to 12 new and small businesses. The program will implement an On-the-Job Training program to place up to 32 residents trained in abatement and deconstruction into jobs with contractors for the KCMOPD East Patrol Division and Regional Crime Lab’s $57 million development project on a 20-acre campus between 26th–27th Streets and Brooklyn–Prospect Avenues. Sixty-six structures, mostly residential, will be demolished and the city hopes to employ local companies hiring local residents to abate the properties and deconstruct using principles of materials remediation to reduce the amount of waste deposited in landfills.
Full Employment Council
FEC will develop a Green KC Careers Training Initiative to increase the number of individuals trained and placed in deconstruction, water conservation and building energy efficiency. The program model will provide “green jobs” certifications based on work experience and energy-efficiency classroom training combined with internships. FEC will also develop a Web page designed as a one-stop “green” career employment and training resource guide, providing information to customers regarding the Green KC Careers Initiative. It will function as a “hot spot” for job seekers to obtain information on jobs and training and will provide employers with on-the-job training information, program guidelines, steps to submitting job listings and contact information.