Southern Energy Training Consortium
In 2009, Bioworks created a consortium of training providers and employers to win a $2.9M grant, one of 26 Green Jobs Training Programs awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor in early 2010. Training was provided to 480 individuals in energy efficiency and renewable energy occupations.
All grant training and placement goals were exceeded, along with the full implementation of 10 training programs. Outcomes include:
- Enrollments: 480 (122% of goal)
- Training Completions: 405 (129% of goal)
- Certificates/Degrees Earned: 269 (151% of goal)
- Job Placements: 258 (105% of goal, through July 15, 2012)
In addition, approximately half of the individuals served (46.1%) were unemployed at the beginning of training, with 60% of those individuals identified as dislocated workers. The majority of all individuals served (51%) throughout the 26-county region were ethnic minorities. The new and renewed opportunities for these individuals will last a lifetime, and the capacity developed at the training institutions will continue to serve future students.