After meeting with President Obamas Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the launch of California Green Corps, a service that will help at-risk students gain the skills needed for green jobs, a job sector that Schwarzenegger says is expanding in California.
Ten million dollars in federal economic stimulus funding will be invested in the program, as well as $10 million from public-private partnerships. The initial phase of California Green Corps will reach 1,000 at-risk young adults, ages 16-24.
"President Obama and I share similar priorities right now when it comes to helping the economy rebound and creating a greener California and America," said Schwarzenegger. He believes that California Green Corps is "exactly the kind of program that President Obama has envisioned when he put together his economic stimulus package...(creating) jobs, jobs and jobs."
This unique program will combine efforts from non-profits, foundations and businesses across the state. While the students are being trained they will continue their educations and they will volunteer in their neighborhoods; in fact, the program is part of California Volunteers. After being trained the pilot program will last 20 months students will be assisted in job placement. These students will be trained for green jobs such as installing solar panels, and producing wind turbines and cogeneration units.
For more information or to enroll in the program visit California Volunteers.
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