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Oakland Green Jobs Corps Launches Green Jobs Training Program

The Ella Baker Center and supporters have worked for two years to launch a green jobs training program in the construction industry.

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Oakland Green Jobs Corps was officially launched in October, 2008 in West Oakland. After more than two years of hard work by many people, the local green jobs training program took a step forward with solar "Building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty."

A $250,000 check from the City of Oakland was presented to the three organizations that were selected to run the Oakland Green Jobs Corps in partnership: Cypress Mandela Training Center, Laney College, and Growth Sector.

The comprehensive 8-month Oakland Green Jobs Corps program will include job readiness training, classroom instruction, and on-the-job experience for about 40 Oakland residents.

The construction industry relies on and will need literally thousands of workers going into the next 20-30 years of construction.

The launch event showcased a hands-on solar installation demonstration, featuring Oakland Green Jobs Corps trainees working on a mock house built inside the Cypress Mandela facility. With solar panels, an inverter and screwdrivers in hand, trainees enthusiastically demonstrated the skills they are learning as the inaugural class of the Oakland Green Jobs Corps.

The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

Van Jones and Belvie Rooks will follow the launch of this Oakland program with a related book signing and discussion called "Different Shades of Green -- Dealing with Poverty AND Pollution." Van Jones will be signing his new best-selling book, "The Green Collar Economy."

When Van Jones co-founded the Ella Baker Center more than 10 years ago, he started with a clear vision for urban America: justice in the system, opportunity in our cities, and peace on our streets. With the release of his first book, "The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems," shared values are going mainstream. Van's book will help Americans learn about the Ella Baker Center's work to fight poverty and pollution at the same time.

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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
344 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

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414 13th Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.663.6500

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