BigNews.Biz - Jan 11,2010 - Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Marion Berry (AR-01) announced that Memphis Bioworks Foundation in partnership with Mid‐South Community College and other regional educational institutions will receive $2.9 million to train workers and prepare them for efficiency and renewable energy jobs, as well as green occupations in other industries. The Eastern Arkansas Workforce Investment Board and Mid‐South Community College will use the funding to train participants through their renewable energy training program.
“Rebuilding our nation’s economy and putting 100,000 jobless Arkansans back to work remains my top priority,” Lincoln said. “This Recovery Act investment will train Arkansans in green industries and put them on the path to employment, keeping us competitive and strengthening Arkansas’s economy.”
“The green energy sector is one the fastest-growing industries in the country and the world. These funds will help individuals in eastern Arkansas acquire the tools they need to have successful, high-demand careers and bring economic development opportunities to the region,” Pryor said.
"Training workers for jobs in the green energy industry can provide them with the skills they need to be competitive for careers that offer good, livable wages," said Berry. "This funding will train local Arkansans for jobs that will be vital to America's new economic future."
Energy Training Partnership grant awards are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Energy Training Partnership grants total $100 million of the $500 million in Green Jobs training grant funding made available by the Recovery Act.
These grants invest in partnerships made up of a diverse set of employers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, and the workforce system. Bringing together the workforce expertise of these groups will allow grantees to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of both workers and employers and that provide participants with the support needed to successfully complete training. The grantees will utilize these partnerships to design and distribute training approaches that lead to portable skills in the energy efficiency and renewable jobs industry.