Eastern Maine Development Corp. to get $2.1M grant for green construction training

Posted Jan. 13, 2010, at 8:51 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday that Eastern Maine Development Corp. will receive a $2,109,088 Recovery Act grant to establish a green construction skills training program.

EMDC will join with Eastern Maine Community College, United Technologies Center, Maine State Housing Authority, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 716 and Opportunity Maine, according to a press release from Rep. Mike Michaud.

According to the Department of Labor, EMDC will implement a green construction skills training program by adopting the National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum for applied building science in the energy-efficient green building construction and retrofit industries. The competency-based model will feature classroom and field training that prepares workers for retrofit and green construction opportunities driven by local and state policies focused on housing retrofits and energy reduction.

The EMDC green construction skills training program proposes providing 105 participants with a degree or certificate. Of those who receive a degree or certificate, 90 will be placed in unsubsidized employment, Michaud estimated. In addition to participant outcomes, the project will result in the construction of seven energy-efficient replacement homes to be built in the local communities.

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