East Bay Green Jobs Corps Offers Youth Training Program

Young adults ages 18 to 24 can get "green" job training and support services in a 8-week bridge program.

The East Bay Green Job Corps (EBGJC) is offering a free 8-week bridge program designed to help young adults (ages 18 to 24) get the skills they need to enter green careers.  

The program is a collaboration between in Berkeley, Solar Richmond and Berkeley City College, and will run from Sept. 6 to Dec. 16 — with classes in Berkeley and internships in Oakland and Richmond. A total of 90 to 108 participants will be chosen for the 240-hour program, and will be paid for 100 of those hours.

Residents of Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond can apply to the program, which aims to teach leadership skills, job preparedness, eco-literacy and civic engagement, as well as honed math and English skills. Participants will earn 13 units of college credit and have the opportunity to take part in paid energy efficiency and solar internships, as well as providing free energy efficiency retrofits to residents in their communities.

According to the organization, training through the East Bay Green Job Corps can lead to community college, vocational training programs, union apprenticeships, or employment, with staff working one-on-one to develop career and educational plans.

To apply, "participants must be motivated to learn and have an interest in gaining the skills and tools necessary to find work in the green economy," states EBGJC. For more information or to sign up for an information session, contact Elena Foshay, EBGJC Program Director at (510)665-1501, extension 18 or email foshay@risingsunenergy.org.

If you are interested in applying for the program, click here. For more information, click here.


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