May 24, 2011
Schenectady, NY — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it is providing $125,000 to Northeast Parent & Child Society to support a workforce development program that will prepare students for green jobs opportunities in New York's clean energy economy.
The announcement was made at the opening of Northeast Parent & Child Society’s new Career Development Center, a state-of-the-art workspace that offers training programs and job placement assistance in the field of energy efficiency for youth ages 18-24 in Schenectady County. NYSERDA funding will leverage nearly $58,000 in private investment from Northeast Parent & Child Society.
Northeast Parent & Child Society was selected by NYSERDA as part of a $5.4 million Workforce Development Program (PON 1816) for energy efficiency job training statewide. This funding will foster career pathways in the energy efficiency and clean energy sectors by supporting basic skills training courses, hands-on internship programs with energy efficiency companies, train-the-trainer sessions and further technical training in energy efficiency.
“Having a well educated, trained and prepared workforce is a critical component to sustaining private investment in New York's growing clean energy economy,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “The funding announced today will help facilitate green-jobs opportunities throughout the Capital Region as we work to meet Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy and environmental goals.”
“Northeast Parent & Child Society is proud to have NYSERDA as a partner in our efforts to help the young adults of Schenectady County develop meaningful careers while building stronger communities,” said John Henley, President and CEO of the agency. “Programs like this are an investment in the economy of our region, and every resident will reap the benefits of a strong, green economy.”
Northeast Parent & Child Society will recruit 25 students to participate in a 120-hour basic skills training program for work in residential and commercial energy efficiency. Training modules consist of math for construction, building fundamentals, the consumer's role in the green economy, and customer service and work readiness skills.
Following this training program, 20 students will participate in a six-week, full-time paid internship program with Capital Region businesses specializing in energy efficiency. Potential employers include energy service companies in the commercial and industrial energy efficiency sector and companies who perform residential energy audits and retrofits for homeowners through NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program.
Since 2006, NYSERDA has provided $23 million in funding to train more than 13,000 New Yorkers for jobs across the clean energy spectrum, including residential and multifamily energy efficiency, commercial and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal, onsite and utility-scale wind, and other clean technologies.
This funding also has helped to create a network of more than 40 clean energy training facilities across New York State. These facilities, which include Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility at NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® in Malta, are located at SUNY community college campuses, union training facilities, BOCES and other sites.
For more information visit the NYSERDA Workforce Development and Training Programs page or www.greencareersny.com.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
About the Northeast Parent & Child Society
Northeast Parent & Child Society provides a full array of residential, special education, family foster care, children’s mental health, family preservation, and career development programs. Over the past 122 years, we have helped more than 100,000 children and families build better futures. Our dedicated staff is over 600 strong, annually serving 7,000 people from our 32 county service area in New York State. For more information, please visit www.neparentchild.org.
Last Updated: 01/21/2014