Money Awarded for Green Job Training

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)- Two Bay Area job training organizations are getting a financial shot in the arm from Uncle Sam.

The Department of Labor has granted millions of dollars to such programs across the country.

The Peralta Community College District in Oakland and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency will receive just under $3 million each for job training programs around clean energy.

Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie Speier says these grants will benefit both workers and California.

“It’s a total win-win. Not only are we training them in a green job area, but we’re also making steps in moving forward to reduce our oil consumption by 20 percent”, said Speier.

Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee says the grants will help community colleges better prepare future and current workers, especially those in underserved communities and she praises the Peralta Community College District in particular.

“Peralta continues to be a leader in creating diverse and forward-thinking education and training programs that really do work,” said Lee.

Lee added the college works with community stakeholders and community based organizations, public officials and non-profits to ensure that all participants get the support that they need.

Three other California community colleges and job training programs were also awarded grants.

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