California Governor Introduces Green Jobs Website

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced the start of a new website intended to help Californians find jobs in green industries.

The website, called Clean Energy Jobs, provides resources to promote jobs in areas such as recycling, clean transportation and renewable energy.

The website lists 48 programs that provide training for green jobs, offered through organizations such as community colleges, local workforce investment boards and private industries. In a written statement, the governor said the website's purpose is to highlight "how the state's community colleges and workforce investment boards, labor unions, and employers are working to meet the demand for trained workers."

"The site is a showcase for the training program in which government and private industry are coming together to make our state a leader in the new, sustainable economy," Schwarzenegger said. "This program represents the kind of innovative thinking needed to steer our economy toward a greener future, while doing everything possible to help Californians return to work."

The Clean Energy Jobs website is a part of California's Clean Energy Workforce Training Program, which the governor announced in 2009 to train workers for jobs in green industries. Roughly $90 million of the nearly $114 million program is funded through both state funds and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides federal money to help stimulate job creation. The program receives $24 million in local and private funding.

The training program is a collaboration of a number of environmental and employment agencies, including the California Energy Commission and the Employment Development Department.

Visit the Clean Energy Jobs website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/cleanenergyjobs

Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle. By Justin Ho. September 10, 2010.