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The State Workforce Development Board was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Grant in the amount of $5,997,000 for 36 months of fast-track training and job placement in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Sectors. This project will serve businesses, dislocated workers, underemployed and unemployed Iowans with training funds for occupations as specified in the Green Jobs Act of 2007. It will also amend Iowa’s Energy Independence Plan with an Energy Sector Plan to train workers for emerging occupations in Iowa’s clean energy economy.
As required in the grant application, Iowa Workforce Development and the Office of Energy Independence have chartered a formal Energy Sector Board to guide the funding awards for job training. They will prioritize funds for fast-track pre-apprentice and apprenticeship activities, as well as nationally-recognized worker credentialing for jobs in the following industries:
The U.S. Department of Labor has identified “sector strategies” as defined by the Aspen Institute as the rationale for funds allocations. Distribution of funds to grantees will be done through the Request For Proposal (RFP) process, with funding made available to local sector project teams only. The composition of a local sector team should include:
The basis for utilizing the sector strategy is as follows:
Priority targets for training will be:
Please see the links on this page for additional information regarding the board, the grant application, frequently asked questions, news releases and links. Although we will make sure that all new information about the funding of this grant will be posted here, please feel free to contact us with questions regarding the status of the grant, RFPs or general questions.
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Telephone: (515) 281-6165
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