On August 31, 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the creation of the Clean Energy Workforce Training Program (CEWTP). CEWTP is a $75 million investment to train more than 20,000 new and transitioning clean energy workers to drive the state’s new green economy. The program is funded through a combination of money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, public-private partnerships, and state and local programs.
Community colleges, workforce investment boards, and partnership academies – high schools centered on smaller learning communities and specific career training – may submit proposals to receive funding for regional workforce training programs. These programs will educate students about opportunities in the clean energy sector, and will prepare individuals for jobs in energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation. CEWTP is designed to target unemployed workers, especially those from the construction sector, low-wage workers, and those preparing to enter the workforce.
The first round of proposal solicitations is due September 16th.