SMOC opens new green jobs training site in Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH, MA – The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) celebrated the opening of a new ‘green jobs’ training center in Marlborough on Wednesday. Workers will learn skills to work on weatherizing homes to improve energy efficiency, according to SMOC.

Here is more from a SMOC press release:

City and state officials joined staff from the Green Jobs Academy (GJA), a workforce development program run by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), to celebrate the opening of its new training center, the only state of the art in New England. , a facility accredited by the IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) for training in weatherization techniques.

Since 2010, GJA has focused on preparing underserved and underemployed people for in-demand living wage jobs in the weatherization and energy efficiency industries. As a Building Performance Institute (BPI) testing center, GJA also offers Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and certificate programs for professionals in the weatherization industry.

The new facility, located minutes from Interstate 495 at 91 Bartlett St. adjacent to the Marlborough Industrial Park Campus, provides a centrally located, hands-on training site offering entry-level skills training for jobs in the weatherization industry, in addition to flexibility, tailor-made continuing education for experienced professionals.

According to Melissa Cusson, GCOS Energy Conservation and Loan Assistance Programs Division Director, “We are doing our part to fight climate change and build the workforce to get the job done. training program to a more central location will enable more people to learn the skills and start careers that will serve as the foundation for this country’s current and future workforce.”

The Green Jobs Academy now occupies 6,000 square feet of mixed-use space that includes a new, state-of-the-art diagnostic booth that meets BPI testing and Department of Energy (DOE) training requirements. It includes upgrades such as a mock attic with side wall, crawl spaces, garage, and revolving drill and blast walls. The mobile home test unit which was originally built at GJA’s previous site in Worcester, has been moved to Marlborough. A self-contained live fire lab will facilitate hands-on training in the heating system and combustion safety. The training center includes a classroom and computer lab that will host live training, e-learning and online certification testing.

Mayor Arthur Vigeant noted that the installation of the GJA training center in Marlborough is part of his administration’s efforts to create a more energy efficient and sustainable city.

“It’s great to have these training programs here in Marlborough where we hope to one day be 100% green energy,” he said.

Marlborough, which received Massachusetts Green Community designation in 2010, has purchased a number of electric and hybrid vehicles and placed charging stations in public parking lots around the city. Plans are nearing completion to install solar panels on four of the city’s schools. In addition, the city has converted all streetlights to LED and 80% of all Marlborough residents now receive their energy supply at lower cost through a municipal aggregation scheme. According to the latest report from energy supplier, Inspire Energy, Marlborough’s energy supply is 100% renewable wind and total resident savings exceed $2.9 million.

Robert Guenthner, technical coordinator of energy programs for the MA Department of Housing and Community Development, assisted in the design and construction of the diagnostic booth at the new location, in accordance with DOE requirements.

Other speakers at the inauguration event included State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), State Representatives Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) and Maria Robinson (D-Framingham), who was appointed by President Joe Biden as Deputy Secretary to the Office. electricity to the US Department of Energy. If confirmed, Robinson said she would be sad to leave Framingham, “But I will be in the trenches making policy – yet that is where the work really is. Together we will work towards one goal. “

For more information about the Green Jobs Academy, call: 508-626-7150. To learn more about the programs offered by SMOC, including the Low-Income Bloat Assistance Program (WAP), visit https://smoc.org.

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