Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership Awarded $100,000 to Launch Weatherization Training Partnership in Cleveland

Partnership Supports the Growth of Community Weatherization Programs and New Jobs in Ohio

Aug 14, 2009 - 01:23 PM EDT



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CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) and ExxonMobil to award the Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership with the inaugural grant from the NCAF ExxonMobil Weatherization Training Partnership. The Partnership will receive $100,000 to establish a first-of-its-kind training program that will prepare workers for a career in the growing fields of weatherization and energy efficiency. The announcement took place at the home of Mrs. Twyla Simpson, a local resident receiving weatherization services.

Speaking at the event, Senator Brown said, “The weatherization program employs Ohio workers, using Ohio products, to lower energy costs for Ohio homeowners,” Brown said. “This program is not just about reducing energy use—it’s about job creation and economic development in Northeast Ohio.”

“The NCAF ExxonMobil weatherization training grant gives us the chance to engage new partners from across sectors to provide local weatherization workers with the very best training Ohio has to offer,” Roger McCauley, Executive Director of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development said.

David Bradley, executive director of the National Community Action Foundation said, “NCAF and ExxonMobil are proud to launch our weatherization training partnership in Ohio, a great state that shares our goal of increasing America’s energy security, creating new job opportunities in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner, and helping low-income families reduce their energy costs.”

The NCAF ExxonMobil Weatherization Training Partnership, created with $5 million from ExxonMobil, is a competitive grant program that will support advanced training models for weatherization workers that utilize creative curricula, innovative partnerships and cutting edge technologies. The Partnership seeks to increase America’s energy efficiency and stimulate job creation and economic growth by creating a sustainable green collar career path for weatherization workers.

Mark Boudreaux, senior director for federal relations from ExxonMobil said, "While current weatherization training programs are making notable progress, NCAF and ExxonMobil wanted to take this important initiative to the next level. Through our Weatherization Training Partnership, we hope to enhance weatherization training by supporting new models that bring together expertise from across sectors, including community action agencies, federal, state and local governments, workers, environmental groups and the private sector."

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year provided $5 billion to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program which enables low-income Americans to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. DOE’s program supports state weatherization programs that are implemented by approximately 900 local community agencies represented by NCAF. The NCAF ExxonMobil Weatherization Training Partnership will enhance the long term impacts of the stimulus by providing workers with skills and knowledge to pursue opportunities beyond publicly funded weatherization programs.

About the Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership

The Ohio Green Workforce Training Partnership is being led by the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development. The Partnership will leverage the unique experience of Ohio’s existing weatherization network, organized labor, environmental groups and local community and technical colleges to prepare workers participating in the Ohio Home Weatherization Assistance Program to pursue career opportunities beyond low income residential weatherization programs. Partnership participants include the Central Ohio Technical College, Cuyahoga Community College, Electrical Trades Center of Central Ohio, Hocking College Logan Campus, Laborer’s District Council of Ohio, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Apollo Alliance, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy, Ohio State Building and Construction Trades, Ohio Urban Resources System (OURS), Policy Matters Ohio, Third-Sun Solar & Wind, Ltd., and the Tri-C Cuyahoga Community College.

About NCAF

NCAF is the voice of America’s Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in Washington. NCAF works with members of Congress, the executive branch and state governments on behalf of the 1100 local organizations in the Community Services Block Grant network to advocate for effective policies and meaningful resources that will address the root causes of poverty. NCAF analyzes national and state legislative and policy proposals and collects, analyzes and disseminates data about programs and investment strategies focused on reducing poverty in low-income communities. NCAF also serves as a liaison between the CAA network, allied national organizations and private sector leaders.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to find better, safer and cleaner ways to provide energy to support development and improved living standards around the world. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products and its chemical company is one of the world’s largest.

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