The Construction Green Up program at Kansas City Kansas Community College grew this year, training more than 30 percent of its target number of workers, college officials reported today.
In an 18-month period from January 2012 to June 2013, the program trained 29 individuals, 27 of whom earned at least one industry credential, according to a news release from the college. Twenty-two of the trainees earned all of the credentials that made up the training.
The six-to-10-week training program helps prepare unemployed and underemployed adults in the Greater Kansas City area for careers related to deconstruction and building materials reuse.
Construction Green Up was created by KCKCC’s Technical Education Center and Workforce Development teams in a response to Mid-American Regional Council’s announcement of EnergyWorks KC workforce development grant, according to the news release.
Besides exceeding its target number of workers trained, the program added six more environmental industry credentials. Construction Green Up joined with OAL, a national workforce training organization whose environmental remediation program is administered through the Metropolitan Energy Center. Together they added to the depth and flexibility of the training both organizations were able to offer and laid a foundation for further collaboration, according to the news release.
According to KCKCC officials, the college has been instrumental in helping a new and independent organization develop called Green Up Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to advancing economic opportunities for disadvantaged workers through green workforce development and entrepreneurship initiatives. Green Up Inc. and KCKCC will work very closely together to continue to offer Green Workforce Development initiatives to the community, according to the news release.
- Information from KCKCC