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Proposals for green jobs sought in Oklahoma

Federal stimulus money to create 1,000 jobs in Oklahoma
BY SUSAN SIMPSON Modified: July 13, 2010 at 4:23 am •  Published: July 13, 2010

Oklahoma groups seeking up to $3 million to train and employ "green" workers have until July 25 to submit a statement of interest to the state Commerce Department.

The money is part of $6 million in federal stimulus money awarded to Oklahoma to train 1,000 workers in emerging industries such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Eligible are consortiums comprised of a state training entity, at least one Workforce Investment Board and employers.

Groups expressing interest can then submit detailed plans this fall for possible award by year's end.

"There are going to be highly competitive proposals," said Shawna McWaters-Khalousi, director of Oklahoma Project Green. "We are an energy-producing state. We are a natural for this."

The grants could make the traditional fossil fuel sector more efficient, expand new sectors like wind and solar power and make other industries such as manufacturing more green.

Training centers

The stimulus funding also is going to green jobs training centers across the state, including at Tulsa Community College, the state's CareerTech sites and the University of Oklahoma's Lean and Green Institute.

A Center of Excellence for Energy Innovation at Tulsa Community College's northeast campus will serve as a regional model for sustainability and a resource hub for emerging energy technologies, best practices, innovative curriculum and training opportunities.


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