At the same time Gov. Ted Strickland said he plans to sign a bill that would eliminate certain taxes for advanced energy projects in Ohio, he also announced the start of a new $6 million jobs program to train Ohio’s workforce for green energy careers.
Strickland and Lisa Patt-McDaniel, Ohio Department of Development Director, said the Energizing Careers Program is accepting requests for proposals from companies looking to train employees for the growing energy economy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Sector Partnership Training Program. Among the counties Strickland’s office indicated would be impacted by the program are Ross, Pike, Jackson and Highland.
"Ohio’s combination of manufacturing and advanced energy industry leadership helped secure the maximum amount of Recovery Act funding available for retraining programs," Strickland said. "We are quickly putting these dollars to use to retrain Ohio workers for the new energy jobs our economy is creating."
The Ohio Department of Development’s Workforce and Talent Division will administer the Energizing Careers Program to help companies that are manufacturing components for the wind, solar and biomass industries. The program will reimburse the cost of training up to $6,000 for full-time employees, with preferential project funding to companies in the 44 counties impacted by restructuring in the auto industry, ncluding the local ones.