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Community Resources For Green-Collar Job Training Seekers

Contact: ACOE Communications Office (510) 670-7754


The following list includes a number of free, excellent green-collar job training programs in the Bay Area that specifically serve adults facing barriers to employment.

 

Civicorps


CiviCorps is a training and employment program that teaches recycling, natural field services (restoration, maintenance, tree planting), and urban resource services (clean parks, landscaping, etc.) to young adults. Lengths of programs vary and are designed to help students receive their High School diploma, learn employment work skills, as well as $8.00 an hour.   If participants have their GED or high school diploma, they can go directly into the employment programs.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Ages 18-24
• 2 week orientation (prior to working)

For more information:
Civicorp Charter School
Contact:   Mr. Rodney Dunn 
Phone:     (510) 992-7800
Email:       Rod.Dunn@cvcorps.org
Address:  101 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Web:         http://www.cvcorps.org/
 


Laney College Environmental Control Technology Department

 

The Environmental Control Technology Department (ECT) is a technical program offering certificates and associate degrees in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC as well as Commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in building automation systems and energy management in development (certificate information).

Environmental Control Technology
Green Jobs programs
Green Jobs website (incl. jobs listings)
Laney College, Gateway to College

For more information:
Laney College ECT
Contact:   Larry Chang
Email:      laneyect@gmail.com
Phone:    (510) 534-1804


Rising Sun Energy Center


The Rising Sun Energy Center provides two energy efficiency training and employment programs; California Youth Energy Services (CYES) and Green Energy Training Services (GETS). 

CYES is a summer training and employment opportunity for youth and young adults ages 15-22. Participants are trained to do simple energy efficiency retrofits that are free to homeowners and renters. CYES employees are paid $9/hour from the end of June through early August and operate from 9-10 satellite offices accross Alameda, Contra Costa, and marin Counties.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Ages 15-22
• Must fill out application (can be found online, www.risingsunenergy.org/jobs/html)
• Must provide copy of current resume

For more information:
Rising Sun Energy Center
Contact:   Elena Foshay, Program Director
Phone:    (510) 665-1501 x18
Email:      foshay@risingsunenergy.org
Address: 2033 Center Street, Berkeley CA 94704
Web:        www.risingsunenergy.org

The "Green Energy Training Services" (GETS) is a 80 hour energy efficiency and building performance training program for adults with barriers to employment. GETS is currently being offered through the RichmondBUILD construction trades training program.

Eligibility Requirements:
Ages 18 and up

Interested applicants may sign up at the RichmondWORKS’ One Stop Center, located at 330 - 25th Street, Richmond CA  94804

For more information:
Rising Sun Energy Center
Contact: George Kopf
Phone:   (510) 665-1501 x 17
Email:     kopf@risingsunenergy.org
Address: 2033 Center Street, Berkeley CA 94704
Web:       www.risingsunenergy.org

 


George P.Scotlan Youth and Family Center


The Youth Center provides training and jobs for youth to grow through constructive dynamic opportunities, and contribute to the welfare of the community at large.

For more information:
George P.Scotland Youth and Family Center
Contact:   Mathew Graves, Executive Director
Phone:     (510) 832-4544
Email:       mgraves.acyd@gmail.com
Website:   http://scotlancenter.org/
Address: 1324 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607

 


Regional Technical Training Center


RTTC provides a 16-week training program in the field of Environmental Engineering.  Their program is designed in collaboration with Merritt College, PG&E, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Grid Alternatives, Sun Energy, Longshore, & Warehouse Union Local 1245. It provides the training needed for employment as an Environmental Engineering Technician.  

Eligibility Requirements:
• A high school diploma or GED
• Completion of application (call the number below for a copy of the application)
• Completion of a reading and math test and an interest inventory assessment
• Completion of a one-on-one interview with a staff member

For more information:
 Regional Technical Training Center
Contact:   Evita, Administration | Bernard Ashcraft, CEO
Phone:     (510) 444-6441
Email:       rttcadmin@rttc.us | rttcjobs@aol.com
Address:  760 Maritime Street, Oakland, California 94607
Web:         www.rttc.us                           

  


The Oakland Green Jobs Corps

The Oakland Green Jobs Corps provides long-term job-readiness training, ongoing support services, college credit, and on-the-job training in solar energy efficiency and green construction. The following partner organizations and schools provide the courses for the training; Growth Sector helps connect recent graduates with internships and job opportunities.

1. Laney College: a premier regional community college providing green vocational education.
2. Cypress Mandela Construction Training Program: a renowned pre-apprenticeship program that serves adults with barriers to employment.
3. Growth Sector, Inc: a workforce intermediary connecting employers, government, and community agencies.

Eligibility Requirements:
• 18 years of age
• DMV Driving Record Print Out
• Social Security Card/Right to Work Status
• Valid CA Driver's License
• Ability to pass a drug test

For more information:
Oakland Green Jobs Corps
Contact:  Donna Miller
Phone:    (510) 208.7350
Email:      dmiller@cypressmandela.org
Address: Cypress Mandela Construction Training
                 2229 Poplar St., Oakland, CA
Web:        www.cypressmandela.org                                                                               

 


Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation

Solar Energy Efficiency (SEE) Green Careers Workforce Program

The SEE Green Careers Program is a Bay Area green jobs collaborative initiative designed to train young adults (ages 18-23) for certification as Photovoltaic Panel (Solar Panel) Installers and subsequently place trainees in entry level jobs.  Collaborative partners include Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation (SSCF), The English Center, YMCA of the East Bay Urban Services, Rising Sun Energy Center, SunEnergy Inc., Sun’s Free Solar, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Hispanic Business Education and Training Inc. (HBET).  Key program activities include 160 hours of training in hard and soft skills, heath and safety training, employability skills, job placement assistance and life coaching.

Please contact Veronica sanchez-Casian for more information about upcoming training schedules.

For more information:
 Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation
Contact:   Jamila Bradshaw, Workforce Development Manager
Phone:     (510) 261-7839 x 35
Email:       jbradshaw@sscf.org
Address: 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601
Web:         http://sscf.org


Richmond BUILD and Solar Richmond
 

Richmond BUILD offers a 10-week construction training program in safety and CPR, power tools, framing, sheet rock, basic electrical, roofing, scaffolding, basic plumbing, basic welding, solar installation and energy efficiency for Richmond residents. In partnership with Richmond BUILD, Solar Richmond provides trainees with 5 weeks of solar panel and solar thermal training to Richmond residents.

Eligibility Requirements:
• 18 years of age
• DMV Driving Record Print Out
• Social Security Card/Right to Work Status
• Valid CA Driver's License
• Ability to pass a drug test

For more information:
Richmond BUILD
Contact:  Candra Muhammad
Phone:    (510) 621-1712
Email:      candra_muhammad@richmondworks.org
Address: 330 25th Street, Richmond CA 94804
Web:        www.ci.richmond.ca.us/index.asp?nid=1243

Solar Richmond                                                                                                   
Address: 360 South 27th Street, Richmond, CA
Phone:    (510) 307.8014
Web:        www.solarrichmond.org
                                                                                                                                                              


 

Women's Actions to Gain Economic Security (WAGES)

WAGES is a cooperative that provides training and employment programs whose mission is to build worker-owned, green housecleaning businesses to create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Women
• 18+ years of age

For more information:
Women’s Actions to Gain Economic Security
Phone:    510-451-3100
Address: 1904 Franklin Street Suite 801, Oakland, CA 94612
Web:       www.wagescooperatives.org

 


Basic Skills Training Programs
(Not Specially Green)

 

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Opportunities


ITI is committed to helping members develop the skills and knowledge to pursue many opportunities in today's fastest growing career fields, including HVAC, Detailing, Service and Refrigeration, Architectural Sheet Metal, Roofing, Industrial Welding, Sign Industry, and Testing Adjusting and Balancing (TAB).

Eligibility Requirements:
• Applicant must be at least 17 years of age (applicants under 18 years if age require signature of parent or legal guardian)
• High School Diploma (G.E.D. or High School Proficiency test in English translation and present at time of application)
• Must pass math test, a minimum score of 70% will be passing

For more information:
Sheet Metal Workers' Local 104 and Bay Area Industry Training Fund
contact:    Keith Dias
Phone:     (510) 483-9035
Email:       keithd@smw104jatc.org
Address:  1700 Marina Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94577
 


Workforce Development Collaborative


WDC is a program that works to create a bridge between the participants’ previous work/life experience into a career.  They provide basic education, soft/life skills, computer skills, GED classes, as well as basic jobs skills (providing retail/service certification), and vocational skills training to help participants achieve economic self-sufficiency in targeted industries. 

Eligibility Requirements:
• 7th grade math and reading level
• Passage of drug test

For more information:
Workforce Development Collaborative
Contact:    John Brauer
Phone:     (510) 891.8773 ext.304
Email:      johnbrauer@aol.com 
Address:  1433 Webster Street Oakland, CA
 


Youth Employment Partnership (YEP)


YEP is a youth training program that connects youth and young adults ages 14-22 with services, basic education, and job skills training for a variety of careers. 

Basic Eligibility:
• Oakland resident
• Low-income household
• (Eligibility requirements depend on program; please call for program-specific information.)

For more information: 
Youth Employment Partnership
Address:   2300 International Boulevard, Oakland CA 94601
Contact:    Michelle Clark
Phone:      (510) 533.3447
Email:        mcc@yep.org
Web:           www.yep.org


Youth Uprising


Youth UpRising is dedicated to being a leader in the advancement of youth leadership development as a means of affecting positive community change by ensuring that youth and young adults are supported in actualizing their potential as a result of: Conscious raising, Personal transformation and hard skills and leadership development
 
For more information:
Youth Uprising
Contact:    Clive Harrison
Phone:      (510) 777-9909 x 167
Email:       charrison@youthuprising.org
Address:   8711 Mac Arthur Blvd. Oakland, CA
Web:          www.youthuprising.org/


Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, we promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through our four cutting-edge campaigns.

For more information:
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Contact:    Kalani Gage
Email:       kalani@ellabakercenter.org
Address:  344 40th Street, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone:     (510) 428-3939
Web:         http://ellabakercenter.org/

 


Youth Radio

Since 1992, Youth Radio has served thousands of teenagers by providing free, after-school training programs in broadcast journalism, radio/web production, engineering and media advocacy and literacy. Using on air DJ opportunities as a "hook," our organization provides stable, long-term guidance for youth as they transition from middle to high school, from high school to college, and into meaningful career paths. Youth Radio is currently accepting applications for our next session! If you live in the Bay Area, are between the ages of 14 and 18, and wish to join our on-site class, download the application (http://www.youthradio.org/files/applications/YR_Applicant_Form_2008.pdf).
The classes are free!

For more information:
Youth Radio
Contact:    Erik Sakamoto
Phone:     (510) 251-1101 x 303
Email:       erik@youthradio.org
Address:  1701 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612
Web:         http://www.youthradio.org/about/youth-programs