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Green Jobs Local Sector Project Teams

SUMMARY OF PROJECTS FUNDED FROM IOWA’S SESP GRANT
Totaling $5,710,615 - Awarded September 20, 2010

IOWA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION - $400,000
Lucy Norton (515-252-6249)
5505 NW 88th Street
Johnston, IA 50131


The project will be a statewide training opportunity for incumbent workers at all of Iowa’s 39 ethanol plants. Funds are being provided to design a course to “train the trainer” at the plants in the areas of process hazard analysis, spill prevention pollution control and risk management. The plants will be able to meet the changing safety and environmental compliance and product quality standards.

SOUTHERN IOWA GREEN JOBS PARTNERSHIP - $296,850
Tom Lesan (641-782-1443)
Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline
Creston, IA 50801


Decatur, Clarke, Montgomery, Ringgold and Union counties will be served with grant funds in the area of wind energy training. This training will be provided to 47 eligible participants by Southwestern Community College in Creston, IA, with the anticipation of being hired and/or retained by Heartland Energy Solutions. In turn, the trained workers will help facilitate growth at this local clean energy employer in Mt. Ayr.

REGION 9 & 10 ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $193,618
Paula Arends (563-336-3485)
Eastern Iowa Community College
627 West Second St.
Davenport, IA 52801


Eligible participants in Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott counties will be provided the opportunity to receive training in energy assessment through the Eastern Iowa Community College District. Targeted individuals include 50 unemployed, underemployed, low income and displaced workers. The Eastern Iowa Green Energy Training initiative allows for a preparatory remediation of skills associated with this emerging industry. The development of a pre-technical contextualized curriculum will be a joint venture with Kirkwood Community College. The proposal includes wraparound intensive advising to ensure success for the candidates.

NORTH IOWA ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $173,910
Terry Schumaker (641-422-4170)
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Mason City, IA 50401


Eligible participants from Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth and Wright counties will have the opportunity to receive instruction from North Iowa Area Community College in the area of energy assessment and audit for residential, commercial/industrial and agricultural customers in the region. The project team intends to train 212 unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers and assist in placing and/or retaining 172 workers in area jobs.

CENTRAL IOWA WORKS - $260,000
Deb Koua (515-965-7025)
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. Bldg 19 Room 2
Ankeny, IA 50021


Funds for this statewide initiative, administered through the Iowa community college system, will provide a professional certification to HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractors through the System Adjustment and Verification for Efficiency (SAVE) Program. The program is primarily intended for incumbent workers and the training will help retain 1,000 HVAC installers and verifiers. The project will also create 750 new jobs by the end of 2012 by using these grant funds and additional leveraged resources from other public and private partners.

REGION 9 & 10 ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $464,726
Kris Armstrong (319-365-9474 ext. 31133)
Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406


Eligible participants in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington Counties will have the opportunity to participate in wind energy production and distribution and industrial maintenance by providing 90 targeted students (low income, disadvantaged youth, veterans, underemployed, unemployed and dislocated workers) the opportunity to enroll in Kirkwood Community College’s two year program. This project will also provide additional work skills to 40 current entry-level assembly operator employees at Clipper Windpower located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

CENTRAL IOWA WORKS - $430,788
Robert Singer (515-770-3644)
United Way of Central Iowa
1111 Ninth Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

This statewide initiative that targets high unemployment counties, Woodbury, Scott and Louisa, will provide training for incumbent workers through the Iowa Laborers Education and Training Fund, Central Iowa Sheet Metal Workers’ Training Fund, the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, and Master Builders of Iowa. The grant plans to serve 447 employed individuals with training in energy efficient construction and building retrofits, deconstruction, haz-mat abatement and materials re-use and gas pipeline and water systems pollution reduction.

SOUTHEAST IOWA ENERGY SECTOR PARTNERSHIP - $208,104
Cindy Hardin (319-753-1671 ext. 31412)
Southeastern Community College
1000 North Roosevelt Avenue
Burlington, IA 52601


At risk youth, low income residents, unemployed persons, Veterans and ex-offenders are being offered the opportunity to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) training in energy efficient construction and energy assessment and audit through these grant funds. Training will be held at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, IA and will target residents of Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. The project team has also incorporated a “train the trainer” component to insure sustainability of the project. A total of 58 participants will be served through the grant, with an anticipated placement of at least 46 in area jobs.

NORTHEAST IOWA ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $313,317
Kyra Bellrichard (563-557-8271 ext. 250)
Northeast Iowa Community College
P.O. Box 400
Calmar, IA 52132


This project will provide training for 84 eligible participants in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw and Howard counties in the area of energy efficient construction and energy assessment and audit. The training will be held at Northeast Iowa Community College. Targeted participants will include incumbent workers, unemployed and/or dislocated workers and Veterans. Successful students will become certified Building Professional Institute (BPI) analysts, Envelope, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump, and Weatherization technicians.

SOUTHWEST IOWA ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $223,530
Matthew Mancuso (712-325-3448)
Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Rd . Dodge Hall 1013
Council Bluffs, IA 51503


Training for 120 incumbent workers, unemployed and dislocated workers, Veterans and ex-offenders will be offered to individuals in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties. Standardized weatherization training will be provided by utilizing a retrofitted mobile training lab that will travel to each of Iowa Western Community College’s five campus sites. The competency-based credentialing system will confirm individual mastery of skill sets required for graduates of the I-Weatherize program.

IOWA VALLEY ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $501,204
Lori Wildman (641-844-6987)
Iowa Valley Community College District
3702 S. Center Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158


Training in the Smart Grid and Electrical Transmission Project will provide 88 eligible individuals (displaced workers, at risk youth, low income workers, Veterans, unemployed, incumbent workers) in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties with a clear career pathway in the energy sector. The project, headed by the Iowa Valley Community College District, will provide opportunities in career development in the areas of Meter Utility Person, Electric Meter Transmission, Instrument and Electrical Transmission, Substation Transmission and Line Mechanic.

NORTH CENTRAL IOWA ENERGY SECTOR TEAM - $844,568
Neale Adams (515-574-1284)
Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501


Eligible participants from Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Buena Vista, Sac, Calhoun and Wright counties will have the opportunity to receive instruction from Iowa Central Community College in the areas of deconstruction, haz-mat abatement, materials reuse and retrofits. The project team intends to train 228 unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers and assist in placing and/or retaining 180 workers in area jobs.

I-GREEN - $1,400,000
Phil Stender (515-265-6193)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
1435 NE 54th Avenue Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50313


This project, located in Newton, IA, is a new training facility to train Iowans to work in the renewable energy and smart grid technology jobs of the future. This innovative training and education site will connect workers to career pathways in green industries and provide ongoing training that will support long-term career growth and retention. Pre-apprentices and incumbent workers will come to the center from throughout the state to learn and practice the skills need to work in new energy technology. The project seeks to accept and train 300 trainees and provide job retention through upgrade training to an additional 600 workers who are presently employed in the targeted industries.


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