NYSERDA seeks federal grant to train displaced fossil fuel workers for clean energy jobs

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced a proposed $25 million statewide federal grant, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, New York State Department of Labor and New York Community Colleges Energy Equity Consortium. This proposal will take a multifaceted approach to retraining and training New Yorkers, including displaced fossil fuel workers and members of disadvantaged communities, for new clean energy job opportunities.

Additionally, the proposal will support community colleges with industry-focused curriculum development and micro-accreditation and provide a host of holistic services to help individuals achieve career success. Work under this proposal supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to deliver 35% with a target of 40% of benefits from clean energy investments to disadvantaged communities and ensure a just transition .

“This is the first statewide public-private collaboration that reflects a joint commitment of government, industry, labor, education, manufacturing and community organizations to prepare individuals from disadvantaged communities to New York’s clean energy transition,” Governor Hochul said. “To build New York’s workforce of the future, we need to be creative so we can leverage existing expertise and resources to grow this exciting new industry – and once again – the state of New York is leading the way.

Participating CUNY/SUNY colleges (as the NYCCEE Consortium) will work together to develop programs and pre-learnings, structure distance and blended learning offerings, and create classes and programs that leverage their respective strengths. The clean energy benchmarks will be developed by NYCCEE with the active participation of industry advisors and environmental justice experts. Participants will also be offered comprehensive transportation, childcare, counseling and other areas determined by local needs.

Under NYSERDA’s EDA proposal, NYCCEE will train 2,000 new workers and reskill 1,500 existing workers, followed by placement in quality, well-paying clean energy jobs, with a particular focus on underserved communities and priority populations. Arch Street Communications, a New York women-owned company with a long track record in clean energy and energy efficiency, would support program implementation if the proposal to EDA is funded.

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