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Cutting edge green job training and education programs
 
Providing low-income people with access to green collar jobs requires strong partnerships between green employers, educational institutions and job training programs that prepare those with barriers to employment to enter the labor market. Labor unions can also play a critical role in designing curriculum and connecting qualified green jobs program graduates with opportunities in union apprenticeships and eventually union-track careers. Labor union apprenticeship programs are discussed later in the Guidebook.
 

 
In addition to vocational skills training, training programs for those with barriers to employment should offer full “wrap-around” services, including case management, soft skills and job readiness training, literacy and basic skills training. The best programs may provide stipends or other support to participants during training and will connect program participants to union apprenticeship programs or good-paying employers. Some programs will also combine on-the-job training with environmental education so that green-collar workers understand the importance of their work in supporting environmental sustainability.

The following are excellent examples of green-collar jobs training and education programs that are providing “pathways out of poverty” for California residents:
 

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Green Ambassadors
Los Angeles, CA with connections to Southern California
Website: www.greenambassadors.org
Description of the program offering

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An environmental education program that enables youth to bring change to their communities and the world. Programs include: Green Youth Coalition which links all groups in Southern California; After School/In-School community based service-learning in-action program; National Youth Summits; Green Solution Tours which bring students across the country together to talk about green issues; and Green Adventures, a global student exchange.
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  LA Infrastructure and Sustainability Jobs Collaborative
Los Angeles, CA
Website:
www.lattc.edu/dept/lattc/REDI/Utility
A partnership between public, private and community partners to implement a seamless education, training and workforce infrastructure that connects low-income, disadvantaged populations to livable wage jobs with career paths within the energy-utility industry. Key partners include LA Trade Tech, the Regional Economic Development Institute, LA Dept. of Water and Power, Southern California Gas Company, LA Unified School District and IBEW Locals 11 and 18.
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Ma’at Youth Academy
Richmond, CA
Website: www.maatya.org
A free training and education academy for youth volunteers to prepare them for participating in city planning and community outreach activities. Program participants work with local planning and environmental agencies to develop recommendations on how to improve the environmental impact of cities and buildings on the environment.
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Oakland Green Jobs Corps
Oakland, CA
Cypress-Mandela Training Center:
www.cypressmandela.org
Laney College: www.laney.peralta.edu
The Oakland Green Jobs Corps provides “green pathways out of poverty” for young adults in Oakland facing barriers to employment. The program – a partnership between Cypress Mandela Training Center, Laney College and Growth Sector – offers job-readiness training, ongoing support services and on-the-job training, enabling trainees to pursue careers in green industries.
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Regional Technical Training Center (RTTC)
Oakland, CA
Website: www.rttc.us
Offers multiple hands-on free training programs including hazardous waste management and environmental engineering. Requires supplemental coursework for the engineering program, though job placement assistance is offered upon program completion.
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Rising Sun Energy Center and Community Youth Energy Services (CYES)
Multiple Locations, San Francisco Bay Area
Website: www.risingsunenergy.org
Offers free training to volunteers ages 15 to 22 and sends them to residential homes and public shelters during the summer to perform energy audits and installation services. Students are trained in energy conservation and solar energy generation.
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SCOPE and the Los Angeles Apollo Alliance
Los Angeles, CA
Website: www.scopela.org
Currently working to develop a Green Career Ladder Training Program to train 50 inner-city residents and place graduates in union apprenticeship programs and green jobs. Check in regularly at their website for updates.
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Solar Richmond
Richmond and Oakland, CA
Website: www.solarrichmond.org
Solar Living Institute: www.solarliving.org
GRID Alternatives: www.gridalternatives.org
Richmond BUILD: www.ci.richmond.ca.us
A partnership with Solar Living Institute, GRID Alternatives and the city’s of Richmond’s BUILD program. Offers free job training, paid internships and job placement assistance to low-income area residents in solar installation and energy efficiency auditing.
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YouthBuild USA
Multiple Locations throughout the state
Website: www.youthbuild.org
Offers free job training within a construction pre-apprenticeship and general education program. Participants must be 16 to 24 years old and working toward a GED or high school diploma. Participants spend 6 to 24 months in the program, dividing their time between a YouthBuild construction site and an alternative school.
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Green job apprenticeship programs offered by unions and utilities


WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?

An apprenticeship is an entry-level job that pays the employee while they learn a skilled craft of trade. Most of the job training occurs during the working hours, though classroom training may also be required. The apprentice typically works alongside a highly experienced teacher to perform jobs and installations. The duration of the apprenticeship is typically between three and five years based on the skills and trade being learned. At the start of the apprenticeship, the worker may earn between $9 and $14 per hour. Once completed, the apprentice-turned-craftsman can earn more than $30 an hour. Most apprenticeship programs are either run through a labor union, large company like an electric utility (for the purposes of placing the worker in that company), or a local college. Typically, applicants to apprenticeship programs must be 18 years of age, in good physical health, possess a high school diploma or a GED, and able to read, write, and speak English.

Formal apprenticeship programs offered by labor unions in California specialize in:

- Air conditioning & refrigeration
- Automotive
- Boiler making
- Carpentry
- Cement-masonry
- Electrician
- Heat & frost insulation
- Ironworking
- Machinists & mechanics
- Millwrights
- Operations engineering
- Plumbing
- Power Lineman
- Roofing
- Sheet metal working
- Solar turbines
- Stationary engineering
- Steam fitting

RESOURCES TO FIND APPRENTICESHIPS

Paid apprenticeship programs can be offered through local unions or directly from employers like large public utilities. Coursework required by apprenticeship programs can be taken in approved academic institutions throughout the state. The State of California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) oversees apprenticeship standards for wages, hours, working conditions and the specific skills required for state certification. More information on state-approved apprenticeship education
programs can be found at: www.dir.ca.gov/apprenticeship.
 
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California green job apprenticeship programs

Excellent resources to learn more about apprenticeships through local unions, trade organizations and individual companies can be found on the internet.

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS
(Labor Organization and Industry Managed)
WEBSITE CONTACT INFORMATION
- Building Trades

- California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

California State Apprenticeship Search Database
of available apprenticeship programs by county and occupation group.

Carpenters Training Academy

- www.ctcnc.org
IBEW Local 11 International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers

- www.ibew11.org
Fresno Electrical Apprenticeship

- www.fresnojatc.org
Local 250 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Training Center

- www.HVACr-training.com
Los Angeles Electrical Training Institute

- www.laett.com/apprentice
Millwright Apprenticeship

- www.unionmillwright.com
Northern California Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee

- www.norcalcementmasonsapprenticeship.org
Pacific Gas and Electric Power Pathways

- www.pge.com/about/careers/powerpathway
Roofer 95

- www.roofer95.com
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

- www.Smud.org/careers/college
Sacramento Valley Sheet Metal Worker

- www.sheeetmetaltraining.com
San Francisco Electrical Training

- www.sfelectricaltraining.org
San Francisco Sprinkler Fitter Local 483

- www.sprinklerfitters483.org/apprenticeship
San Diego Electrical Training Trust

- www.sdett.org
Southern California Carpenters JATC

- www.californiacarpenters.org
Stationary Engineer Apprenticeship

- www.local39training.org
Ventura County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

- www.ibew952.org
Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

- www.waca-apprenticeships.org
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Government sponsored green jobs placement assistance

In addition to activities by unions and non-profit organizations, green job training and placement services sponsored by federal and state government agencies offer important opportunities to connect California workers with high quality jobs. As the green economy continues to grow and more workers are needed, similar programs may emerge at the city or county level.
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TRAINING AND PLACEMENT SERVICES

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California Employment Development Department Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP)

Multiple Locations throughout the state

Website: www.edd.ca.gov/JobsandTraining/ServicesforYouth
OFFERING OF THE SERVICE

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Offers special services to youth, ages 15 to 21, including peer advising, referrals to supportive services, workshops, job referrals and placement assistance and referrals to training and community outreach efforts. Programs are reached through one-stop career centers and workforce career offices located throughout the state.
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California Employment Development Department Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP)

Multiple Locations throughout the state

Website: www.edd.ca.gov/JobsandTraining/ServicesforYouth
OFFERING OF THE SERVICE

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Offers special services to youth, ages 15 to 21, including peer advising, referrals to supportive services, workshops, job referrals and placement assistance and referrals to training and community outreach efforts. Programs are reached through one-stop career centers and workforce career offices located throughout the state.
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California Employment Development Department Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP)

Multiple Locations throughout the state

Website: www.edd.ca.gov/JobsandTraining/ServicesforYouth
OFFERING OF THE SERVICE

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Offers special services to youth, ages 15 to 21, including peer advising, referrals to supportive services, workshops, job referrals and placement assistance and referrals to training and community outreach efforts. Programs are reached through one-stop career centers and workforce career offices located throughout the state.
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  California Employment Development Department Training Institution Provider Listing

Location: Web based tool

Website: www.etpl.edd.ca.gov
Offers a searchable database of over 10,000 approved training programs throughout California. Individuals can search by cost of program, whether it accepts financial aid, program location, occupation type and additional services offered.
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  California Employment Development Department

Location: Offices throughout the state

Workforce Services offices: www.edd.ca.gov.com

One-stop career centers: www.edd.ca.gov.com
Workforce Services Offices and One-stop Career Centers offer in-person assistance to job seekers throughout California. Individuals can speak with EDD representatives about job placement assistance, training opportunities and education.
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  East LA Skills Center

Los Angeles, CA

Website: www.elasc.adultinstruction.org
The Center is a full-employment preparation and training center operated by the LA Unified School District. The center serves a diverse community that includes at-risk youth and offers training course ion solar photovoltaic systems installation. Students can earn the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner (NABCEP) entry-level certificate – the industry standard. In addition to providing short term vocational training, the center offers classes for a High School Diploma, and GED prep in English and Spanish.
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  Los Angeles Conservation Corps

Los Angeles, CA

Website: www.lacorps.org/conservation.html
Employs young people to provide conservation services for government agencies and private contract sponsors throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
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  United States Dept. of Labor – Job Corps

Multiple Locations throughout the state

Website: www.jobcorps.dol.gov/centers
Offers free education, job-training and paid apprenticeship programs for multiple career types – including jobs in the energy, construction, automotive and transportation sectors – to people ages 16 to 24. Programs are reached through Job Corps offices located throughout the state. Also offers career pathways assessments for education program planning.
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California green job programs at academic institutions


California boasts world class educational institutions where students can learn valuable skills that prepare them to enter the workforce. Community colleges, trade schools, 4-years universities and graduate schools all offer excellent programs to individuals looking to learn about and advance in the green economy.a green job programs at academic institutions

A sound education that gives an individual a specialized skill set can make it easier to be hired and promoted at the company of one’s choosing. Surveys have shown that employers of the new green workforce are going to be looking for educational preparation in math, science and technology, in addition to good problem solving skills and hands-on training. In addition, just as in any other field, there will always be a need for individuals with advance training, especially at the Master’s level and higher.

4-YEAR COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND GRADUATE SCHOOLS

Most, if not all, four year colleges and universities offer a wide range of basic and advanced courses within bachelor’s level and higher degree programs to prepare students for the green workforce. Environmental studies and science programs have been training workers in the environmental resource management fields (including energy, waste and water) for decades, and coursework in chemistry, biology, engineering, math, geology and environmental science has continued to be a main emphasis of the required curriculum. For more information on these schools and the programs they offer, a large number of resources are available on the Internet, through career services offices at high schools and colleges, or by contacting the schools directly. Due to the breadth of such coursework offerings and the limited nature of this guidebook, academic programs at 4-year institutions are not included in the Guidebook.

TRADE SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS

California is home to many specialty schools and institutions that offer coursework tailored to meet the requirements of a specific job class or field. These programs allow students the flexibility to complete a certificate or degree program in the field of their choosing. However, students may first want to identify the type of green job they desire and specifically tailor their concentration to meet the demands of that job.

2-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGES

The network of over 100 California community colleges offers a diverse array of low cost two-year degree and certificate programs to prepare students for green jobs. In addition to the traditional sciences, many two-year schools offer specialty degree programs and apprenticeship programs designed to fill specific green job niches. A list of all the California community colleges with identified specialty programs beyond the traditional sciences of chemistry, biology, math, physics, geography and geology is included on the following pages.
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Green job educational programs at California community colleges
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Community College
GREEN JOB PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS –
Apprenticeship program offerings in bold
Alameda Automotive Technology, Diesel and Truck Mechanics, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Allan Hancock Civil Engineering, Natural Science

American River Ecology, Natural Resources, Green Diesel Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Antelope Valley HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), Geographic Information Systems

Bakersfield Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science

Barstow Natural Resources, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Berkeley City College Biotech Program focus in Physical Sciences

Butte Civil Engineering, Ecology, Environmental Science, Hydrological Sciences, Natural Resources

College of Canyons Natural Resources

Cerritos Natural Resources, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Cerro Coso Natural Resources

Chabot HVAC, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Chaffey Earth Sciences, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Citrus HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations

Columbia Earth Sciences, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Contra Costa HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations

Copper Mountain Environmental Science, Watershed Restoration, Geographic Information Systems

Consumnes River Earth Sciences

Crafton HIlls Environmental Science

Cuesta Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geographic Information Systems

Cuyamaca Environmental Science

Cypress Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

De Anza Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Wastewater

College Of Desert HVAC, Geographic Information Systems

Diablo Valley Ecology, Pollution Prevention

El Camino Ecology, HVAC, Environmental Science

Evergreen Valley Geographic Information Systems, Alternate Energy Technology Program, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs

Feather River Horticulture, HVAC, Environmental Science

Foothill Civil Engineering

Fresno City Environmental Science, Natural Resources

Fullerton Environmental Technology, Environmental Science
Golden West Environmental Technology
Grossmont Hydrology
Imperial Valley Industrial Electronics, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Laney Architectural & Engineering Technology, HVAC and Refrigeration (Environmental Control Technician), Construction Management, Carpentry, Welding, Machine Technology, Physical Sciences, Electricity & Electronics, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Las Positas Occupational Health and Safety
Long Beach City Alternative Fuels, HVAC, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Los Angeles Pierce Nursery Technician, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Los Angeles Trade-Tech Diesel Technology, Solid Waste Operations, HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Geographic Information Systems, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Los Angeles Valley Industrial Operations and Manufacturing, Earth Sciences
Los Angeles Medanos Appliance Repair, Environmental Science, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Los Medanos College Electrical and Electronic Technology, Environmental Science, Welding Technology, Physical Sciences
College Of Marin Civil Engineering, Environmental Landscaping, Natural Resources
Medocino Horticulture, Earth Sciences, Natural Resources
Merced Agricultural Science, Horticulture, HVAC, Natural Science
Merritt Green Building, Urban Farming Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Restoration
Mira Costa Radiation
Mission Environmental Engineering
Modesto Junior Horticulture, Environmental Engineer, Natural Resources, Industrial Systems Technician, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Moorpark Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Science
Mt. San Antonio Industrial Electronics, HVAC, Water Distribution, Agricultural Power Equipment, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Mt. San Jacinto Environmental Sciences, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Geographic Information Systems
Napa Valley Natural Resources
Ohlone Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Solar Photovoltaic Design and Installation (Future plans to add wind, biomass and nanotechnology design and installation)
Orange Coast Civil Engineering, HVAC, Natural Resources, Machinist, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Oxnard HVAC, Environmental Science
Palo Verde Welding, Environmental Engineer, Automotive Technician
Palomar Building, Welding, Carpentry, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Automotive Technician, Sheet Metal, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Pasadena City Building, Welding, Carpentry, Automotive Technician
Porterville Agricultural Production
College Of Redwoods Metal Working
Reedley Metal Working, Horticulture, Mechanized Agriculture, Agricultural Technician, Automotive Technician
Rio Hondo Building, Welding, Carpentry, Heavy Equipment, Environmental Technology, Automotive Technician, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Riverside City Building, Welding, HVAC, Automated Systems Engineering
Sacramento City Civil Engineering, Ecology, HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Electric Vehicles Operation, Railroad Operations
Saddleback Horticulture, Ecology, Automotive Technician, Construction Inspection, Geographic Information Systems
San Bernardino Metal Working and Welding, HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Automotive Technician, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
San Diego City Building, Welding, Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Pipefitting Solar Turbines, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
San Diego Mesa Construction, Geographic Information Systems
San Diego Miramar Heavy Equipment Operations
San Francisco City Construction Management, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
San Joaquin Delta Building, Welding, Carpentry, Horticulture, HVAC, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Natural Resources, Automotive Technician, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
San Jose City Building, Welding, Carpentry, HVAC, Machinist, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
San Mateo Building, Welding, Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Construction, Metalworking, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Santa Ana Welding, Automotive Technician
Santa Barbara City Ecosystem Restoration, Horticulture, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Santa Rosa Junior Sustainable Agriculture, Welding Diesel Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Santiago Canyon Public Works, Carpentry, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
College Of Sequoias Construction, Welding, Carpentry, HVAC, Agricultural Power Equipment, Welding
Shasta Civil Engineering, Horticulture, Forestry, Automotive Technician, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Natural Resources, Agricultural Power Equipment, Welding, Industrial Operations
Sierra Horticulture, Watershed Ecology, Construction, Metalworking. Geographic Information Systems
College Of The Siskiyous Welding
Solano CC Horticulture, Hazardous Waste, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Industrial Systems, Welding and Metalworking, Automotive Specialist
Southwestern Building and Construction Trades, Environmental Management
Taft Automotive Specialist
Ventura Building and Construction Trades, Horticulture, Wastewater Engineering and Operations, Natural Resources, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
Victor Valley Building and Construction Trades, Horticulture, Green Job Apprenticeship Programs
W. Hills - Coalinga Precision Agriculture
West Los Angeles Power Plant Management and Operations
W. Valley Geographic Information Systems
Yuba Welding, Horticulture, Agriculture, Industrial Electricity, Hazardous Materials Management
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