Butte College’s ‘green’ grads

Twenty dislocated workers now have a better chance at landing a “green” job in Butte County

A group of 20 dislocated workers recently became the first class to graduate from Butte College’s Clean Energy Workforce program, according to a Butte College press release.

Each of the students completed 300 hours of work in the field and 10 specially designed courses intended to help the students achieve certification in the “clean energy” industry. Classes ranged from energy efficiency and fundamentals to solar hot-water installation and green building. The students also completed the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners entry-level exam, which is intended to enhance the students’ job opportunities and showcase their qualifications.

The program was made possible through Butte College’s partnership with Butte County’s Private Industry Council, a nonprofit corporation that works with social services and employment entities to provide job training for the unemployed.