SOURCE: CleanEdison



August 17, 2010 10:33 ET

Stimulus Funding to Re-Train Californians for Sustainable Jobs

Free Residential Energy Auditing Training Program for Unemployed & Dislocated Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, CA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) -  The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and CleanEdison Inc will launch a free, green job-training program for dislocated county residents. Using grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this program is designed to stimulate the regional economy and upgrade workers' job skills to facilitate their reentry into the workforce.

"This program will provide crucial training to traditionally under-served community members, as well as retrain incumbent workers seeking to upgrade their skills," said Sandy Harmsen, Director of Workforce Development in San Bernardino County. "This initiative will help develop a skilled green workforce and provide career advancement and job security to workers, while helping to meet demand in the growing energy efficiency sector."

With the first class starting this week, students who complete the training will become BPI Certified Building Analysts, qualified to perform energy audits to determine how much energy a home is wasting without proper insulation or duct sealing. Energy audits can help homeowners save as much as 30-40 percent on their monthly utility bills by utilizing the proper retrofits. The combination of classroom practicum and hands-on field training will enable training participants to quickly transition into the expanding green job market. 

CleanEdison offers state-of-the-art classes in a variety of green job disciplines, from Energy Audit Training to LEED Exam Prep. As one of the country's largest providers of BPI training, CleanEdison has been selected for numerous workforce development contracts funded by local, state and federal stimulus dollars, and anticipates continued growth as more communities adopt energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.

San Bernardino County residents interested in participating in upcoming sessions of this no-cost training and certification program should complete the online application at: The Workforce Investment Board can be reached through 800.451.JOBS or

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. It strives to develop skills of the county's workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The Workforce Investment Board, through the county's Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County's Employment Resource Centers and Business Resource Centers. The Employment Resource Centers provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life, and the Business Resource Centers support and provide services to the county's businesses including employee recruitment.

About CleanEdison:
CleanEdison, Inc. is the nation's leading green job training provider offering award-winning green education services to individuals, companies, federal, state and local governments. Our mission is to promote sustainability and green building practices by offering best-in-class education and expert advice through our customized consulting services and the largest open enrollment green training program in the nation. Winner of the 2009 CTN Green Excellence Seal for Green Education, CleanEdison is part of the US Green Building Council's Education Provider Program and an approved affiliate of the Building Performance Institute (BPI). Headquartered in New York, CleanEdison offers courses in BPI Certification, Energy Audit Training, LEED Certification, Solar Training, Geothermal Classes, Wind and Renewable Energy. To learn more about CleanEdison and to sign up for courses, please visit 

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