Alaska Receives $3.6 M State Energy Sector Grant
Money to go to training, education for energy jobs
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is receiving a $3.6 million grant to teach workers skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant awards are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
"Because of this money, hundreds of Alaskans will be eligible for training to build skills that are a must for future success in the energy field," Sen. Begich said. "As we continue to look for ways to enhance and maximize energy production in our state, those with energy-efficiency skills to support energy efficient technology will be in high demand."
According to the project description, the training will include instruction; on-the-job training and customized training with existing federally registered apprenticeship programs and labor management partners; technology-based learning; and distance learning. Some of the new energy areas targeted include geothermal, hydroelectric, wind turbine, and biomass industries.
The State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grants total $190 million of the $500 million in Green Jobs training grant funding made available by the ARRA.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development estimates at least 700 workers will receive training under the grant and over 85 percent of the participants will be employed in an energy-efficiency job.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expected to bring about $1.5 billion and save or create 8,000 jobs in Alaska over two years. Sen. Begich has said about 65 percent of the money will be put to work in projects across Alaska this spring. Begich's vote supporting the ARRA was key to its passage last year. More information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available at Recovery.Gov.