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CONTACT: Anne Krueger, GCCCD Public Information                March 29, 2011
         (619) 644-7842 or (619) 252-2295 Anne.krueger@gcccd.edu

 Free training program in green building and sustainable
      energy practices offered at Cuyamaca College
   RANCHO SAN DIEGO – Cuyamaca College will again be providing free classes and hands-on
work experience in green building and sustainable energy to eligible students through a training
program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership.

   The $1.6 million in funding for the program comes from federal stimulus money along with grants
from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, and State Energy Sector Partnership and
others.

   Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of
the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.

   The four-week, 120-hour course takes place at Cuyamaca College from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Mondays through Thursdays, May 2-26. The college is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

   Students must be 18 years of age or older, registered for selective services, and hold legal status or
have authorization to work in the United States.

   A $300 stipend is provided to students who complete the introductory program, designed to
provide a basic overview of “green” construction occupations.

   The Green Building Program will help displaced workers, the long-term unemployed, new
workers, military veterans, and older youths gain the skills to compete for jobs in the expanding green
economy. To learn more about the program and register for a mandatory orientation April 6 or 7, visit
www.cuyamaca.edu/preview/greenbuilding/index.htm Orientations are from 9 a.m. to noon in Room
L-101.

   “We are excited to be collaborating with our local community colleges to provide entry-level
education and training in the emerging green market in San Diego County,” said Mark Nanzer, Youth
Team Manager at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring
together the worlds of workforce development and higher education to provide training designed to
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prepare the workforce in San Diego for a clean energy future and help position San Diego as a
nationwide leader in the new sustainable economy.”
   Students who complete the program will be prepared for entry-level work in the field or to enroll in
more specialized training in the areas of HVAC mechanics technicians, or installers; building
performance or retrofitting specialists; building controls systems technicians; energy auditors or home
energy raters; and solar photovoltaic installers.
   For more information on eligibility and enrollment, as well as college training schedules, visit the
San Diego Workforce Partnership’s website at www.sandiegoatwork.com or contact Gina Fiore at 619-
228-2913. The San Diego Workforce Partnership has funded job training programs in the county since
1974.
   For more information about Cuyamaca College and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District,
go to www.gcccd.edu.




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              8800 Grossmont College Drive El Cajon, CA 92020-1799 Phone 619-644-7573 Fax 619-644-7924
                                                    www.gcccd.edu

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