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March 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Cuyamaca College will again provide free classes and hands-on work experience in green building and sustainable energy to eligible students through a training program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership. The $1.6 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money along with grants from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, State Energy Sector Partnership and others.

Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.


The four-week, 120-hour course takes place at Cuyamaca College from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, May 2-26. The college is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon. Students must be 18 years of age or older, registered for selective services, and hold legal status or have authorization to work in the United States.

The Green Building Program will help displaced workers, the long-term unemployed, new workers, military veterans, and older youths gain the skills to compete for jobs in the expanding green economy. To learn more about the program and register for a mandatory orientation April 6 or 7, visit Orientations are from 9 a.m. to noon in Room L-101.

“We are excited to be collaborating with our local community colleges to provide entry-level education and training in the emerging green market in San Diego County,” said Mark Nanzer, Youth Team Manager at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring together the worlds of workforce development and higher education to provide training designed to prepare the workforce in San Diego for a clean energy future and help position San Diego as a nationwide leader in the new sustainable economy.”

Students who complete the program will be prepared for entry-level work in the field or to enroll in more specialized training in the areas of HVAC mechanics technicians, or installers; building performance or retrofitting specialists; building controls systems technicians; energy auditors or home energy raters; and solar photovoltaic installers.

For more information on eligibility and enrollment, as well as college training schedules, visit the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s website at or contact Gina Fiore at 619-228-2913. The San Diego Workforce Partnership has funded job training programs in the county since 1974.

For more information about Cuyamaca College and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, go to





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