Earlier this week, Governor Schwarzenegger's office announced that nearly $11 million in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be awarded to ten California workforce organizations, and the City of Long Beach was awarded with $935,797.
“Using Recovery funds and public-private partnerships, the California Green Jobs Corps will help 1,500 at-risk young adults realize a brighter future while stimulating our economy and working toward a greener California," Schwarzenegger said in the press release.
The purpose of the project is to spur the growth of green business and promote the hiring of youth aged 16-24. In late May, Mayor Bob Foster was one of three local mayors to announce support for a similar program run by the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (PGWIN). That program was granted about $6.3 million from the Recovery Act.
In this CNN Local Edition video below, PGWIN Director Bryan Rogers is interviewed and speaks about the work being done to introduce a new workforce to green jobs, in the midst of a challenging economy.
In this Press-Telegram article, Joe Segura brings more good news:
Long Beach-based Green Job Corps partners will match the federal funds with resources, resulting in almost $2 million in green job training and community service opportunities in the area, city officials said.
Disclosure: LBPOST.com co-founder Shaun Lumachi is a Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network board member.