Edison International Invests $1m in Green Jobs Initiative

Edison International announced that it has invested another $1 million in its innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative for green education and job training at California community colleges. The company said that it has provided a total of $2 million for the program within the last 12 months.

“This initiative provides a vehicle for us to create a vibrant 21st century workforce as we engage our communities and work together to address strategic needs. The grants enhance education programs, support environmental efforts and skilled-employee training,” said Theodore F. Craver Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Edison International. “The Green Jobs Education Initiative also has the additional advantage of giving an economic boost to community colleges across the state coping with pressing financial needs.”

The company established the program last December, and with these additional grants 10 selected colleges each received a total of $200,000 in grants. These colleges are:

* Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest
* El Camino College, Torrance
* Golden West College, Huntington Beach
* Long Beach City College, Long Beach
* Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles
* Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles
* Rio Hondo College, Whittier
* San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino
* Ventura College, Ventura

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College will be the first recipient of the grant to distribute scholarships. Awards will be presented to 13 students at the downtown Los Angeles campus on Wednesday.

The Green Jobs Education Initiative funds scholarships for students demonstrating a financial need and who are enrolled in green jobs workforce preparation classes. The training programs include the study of renewable energy, solar panel installation, water and wastewater management, transportation and alternative fuels, biofuels production, environmental compliance and sustainability planning.

For more information about the Green Jobs Education Initiative, visit http://www.edison.com/greenjobs.