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Veterans Center, BOCES start green tech program

The Veterans Outreach Center Inc. and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development launched a collaborative project to provide veterans with training.

The training involves the areas of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning and building maintenance, two rapidly growing green technology industries.

The Green Initiative for Veterans’ Employment, announced Thursday, was developed to encourage area industries to adapt environmentally friendly and sustainable practices while the organizations turn out veterans with the skill-set to fill green jobs.

“Veterans Outreach Center is always looking for ways to evolve its programs, and these particular new green technologies seemed to meet contemporary community needs,” said Peter Blind, Veterans Outreach Center’s vice president for human resources and work force development. “We’ve always stood by our belief that veterans make great employees — they’re dedicated, hardworking and have a strong work ethic — but they still need the latest training to get the job.”

The Center for Workforce Development has adapted its 605-hour HVAC and building maintenance technology programs to include the latest green technology standards, practices and methodologies. The training includes a hands-on, two-week apprenticeship and allows participants to obtain nationally recognized certifications. Once training is completed, Veterans Outreach Center will provide employment placement assistance.

The project was developed through a Veterans Workforce Investment Program grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Veterans Outreach Center was one of 17 agencies in the nation to receive a VWIP grant this year and is the only grantee in New York State.
 

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