On Jan. 11, Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the state, announced a $1 million Green Jobs Education Initiative to fund sustainable education and job training at 10 California community colleges.
Given the state of the environment and the economy, the initiative couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It is so important to empower people to get back on their feet and to help the environment get back on track,” says SCE’s Community Involvement Manager Tammy Tumbling.
The program not only showcases SCE’s commitment to its core philanthropic priorities – education and the environment – but also demonstrates how private sectors can help the public sector.
“The initiative helps to alleviate some of the strain that the colleges are feeling,” says Tumbling. “We are helping to develop the future work force of California.”
According to California Community College’s Vice Chancellor of Economic Development and Workforce Preparation, Jose Millan, the funding serves two major demographics: high school grads pursuing jobs in the green sector and bachelor degree holders laid off due to cutbacks.
“The area of green jobs is diverse and growing. Community colleges are the gateway for all those opportunities,” Millan said.
The Green Jobs Education Initiative will provide $100,000 to each of the 10 selected colleges. Training programs include solar panel installation, waste and wastewater management, transportation and alternative fuels, biofuels production and farming and sustainability planning.