SAN RAFAEL -- Marin Employment Connection, a public-private partnership powered by the Workforce Investment Board of Marin County, received a $399,000 grant to provide vocational training and certifications  in the green economy for 100 unemployed or underemployed workers.

The grant comes from Project GREEN (Green Regional Education Employment Northbay), which builds on a similar program started in 2009 by the California Clean Energy Workforce grant. That project, started with $1 million, was launched in collaboration with Marin, Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties to provide green building career training for unemployed and underemployed construction workers, as well as incumbent workers.

Project GREEN will address six areas:green buildingrenewable energyclean transportationwater and waste waterenergy-efficiencygreen business services

"With the scholarship support provided by Project GREEN, we are excited to see this important work continue," said Klif Knoles, executive director of the Marin Builders Association. "As more tradesmen are trained in green building principles and techniques, there are more skilled candidates to pull from when a new hire opportunity occurs in our businesses."

The project targets unemployed, underemployed and already employed, with an emphasis on those unemployed and underemployed residents hoping to enter the growing green economy. 

The funding, coupled with a dollar-for-dollar match leveraged from public-private partnerships, promotes the use of industry sector strategies for training workers in occupations related to the green business sector in Marin.