You can’t just jump into a “green job” without training. Technology, practices and safety procedures have changed over the years to “green” our economy. New industries are propping up to save our natural resources and help us have a better quality of life. You might have worked in your industry for years, but you will still need some form of training to update your skills and stay competitive in an evolving economy. Many of the training programs listed below may be offered free through the local Work Source Development Office.
You need to also connect to professional networks, such as the chambers of commerce, and use social networking websites such as LinkedIn to find a job. Lastly, consider “greenpreneurship.” What is your niche? Find out what the needs are in your community, where the money is and plant the seeds to grow your business.
“Green” Industries and Training Opportunities
The Seattle Community Colleges offer training programs in green building practices which includes wood construction, advanced building sustainability and “green” real estate. These programs will help workers update their skills to practice new standards in construction, building management, green building materials, energy efficient design and development, healthy buildings and indoor air quality. Some programs can be completed in as little as 3 quarters.
2. Commercial Energy Auditing
The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County received funds in the tune of $10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Clean and Green in Puget Sound). Some of these funds will be used to provide free training at the South Seattle Community College’s Georgetown Campus. Upon successful completion of the program a student will be able to create, review and assess existing EnergyStar Portfolio Manager files, perform basic lighting audits and identify HVAC systems and controls. If interested contact Ellen Gordon at (206)768-6653 or email@example.com.
3. Clean Technology Program
The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development has partnered with the South Seattle Community College to create this program. The clean technology program has two tracks nanotechnology and engineering technology. The curriculum focuses on provide training to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impact, improve productivity in industrial processes and promote use of natural resources.
4. Residential Energy Auditing
South Seattle Community College offers a course for $829. You will learn about single-family residences, understanding of conservation measures and analysis techniques and understanding combustion systems in addition to other relevant information. This training is recommended for individuals who work in building design, construction, remodeling, weatherization, HVAC systems and other building trades.
5. Basic Weatherization Training
South Seattle Community College is currently updating and setting up classes because of new grant funding. Contact Lauren Hadley at 206.764.6853 or firstname.lastname@example.org.