California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last week that the state was creating a California Green Corps that will work to protect the state’s ecology, and provide valuable experience and training to the young people who go through the program, to help them prepare for employment in the emerging green economy. The program will provide at least 1,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 with jobs and training. The governor stressed that the program is targeted toward youth considered “at-risk” of failing academically, foundering in the workplace or getting into trouble with the law, and will consist of a minimum of 10 regional Green Corps throughout California.
All programs in this initiative will be public-private partnerships and include green job training, a stipend for the students in the program, an educational requirement, and community service. They will be funded by at least 10 million dollars in federal economic stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, paired with an additional 10 million from public-private partnerships.
The “Green Corps” will help underprivileged young people learn job skills, while we create a well-trained workforce for clean technology and for the green economy,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I’ve been pushing for this program for a long time, because it kind of combines my passion for the environment, for protecting the economy, creating jobs, career-tech education and helping underprivileged kids and of course, service.”
Schwarzenegger also stressed how he shares similar priorities with President Obama when it comes to helping the economy rebound and creating a greener California and America.
The Green Corps program fits into a larger strategy intended to promote California as a driving engine of future growth in the emerging green economy, furthering the goals of California’s Green Collar Jobs Council, created by Assembly Bill 3018. The Council is charged with developing a comprehensive approach to address the workforce needs associated with California’s emerging green economy. This program is designed to help bring at risk youth into promising green collar jobs.
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