Veterans Green Jobs, a nonprofit organization, has set up a national initiative designed to reengage military service veterans by training them and getting them work in the areas of reversing deteriorating environmental conditions, dealing with client climate change threats and working in the sustainable energy sectors. The centerpiece of this initiative is a training program called the Veterans Green Jobs Academy.
All participants’ living expenses are covered while in the program. They will also receive stipends. Most of the programs are structured so that participants spend a portion of their time in class and a portion in an on-the-job training context, participating in real-world professional service projects. Participants will also receive multiple industry-recognized home energy audit certifications; and job placement services.
Five training programs are being offered this year
Many of the Veterans Green Jobs Academy programs will launch in Summer and Fall of 2009, however the first Home Energy Auditor Training (HEAT) will begin this Spring. The curriculum is designed to enable participants can apply their newly gained skills to employment immediately. Some programs are two months long and there are also options to obtain two and four-year degrees.
The training programs are being offered in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico and Washington in 2009., however they hope to expand the programs to 8-10 states additional states in 2010, and intend to be in every state within several years.
Veterans Green Jobs Academy has developing a basic business training for all program participants that provides the necessary skills to be an active participant in a business’ success:
• Productivity assessment and monitoring; customer relations and markets;
• Business sector basics (competitors, collaborators, trends);
• Basics of business finance—how to read a profit and loss sheet, basics of capital acquisition and cost.
Green 101 is a core curriculum of every Veterans Green Jobs Training Program. Leading thinkers in ecology, green business, sustainable practices, environmental policy and related fields contribute regularly to course segments. Each segment is aimed at cultivating critical thinking among Academy participants.
To find out more go to the Veterans Green Jobs Training Program web site.
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