Regional
7:54 am
Thu July 28, 2011

NM College Gets Funds For Energy Job Training

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) Clean energy job training and other environmental workforce programs at Santa Fe Community College will get a boost thanks to funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the college will receive $300,000 that can be used to teach job skills to unemployed veterans and Native Americans in fields with an environmental benefit.

The New Mexico Democrat calls it a "worthy investment" in New Mexico's economy.

The college will use the grant funding to train participants in solid waste management, energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy preparation and installation.

It will also offer training in hazardous waste operations, emergency response training, underground storage tank leak prevention and renewable energy technologies awareness.

After 180 hours of training, the recruits will be placed in jobs in the area.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. KRWG