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In the Spotlight

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Clover Park Weatherization and Sustainability Expo an opportunity to learn what recovery investment is accomplishing in Pierce County

How are weatherization programs and the careers they create shaping up in Pierce County? How can individuals receive training in weatherization, or apply to have their homes weatherized? What part is weatherization playing in the development of a sustainable local economy? Learn about these issues and more at Clover Park Technical College’s Weatherization and Sustainable Careers expo on June 30, 2010.

Weatherization is a hot topic; Washington has received $30 million in recovery funds to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment. In April, Governor Gregoire announced an additional $30 million in federal funding for weatherization training and programs, bringing federal investment in the energy efficiency of Washington homes to nearly $60 million. Pierce County has received a share of this money to fund local programs and training.

Pierce County Community Action program, which has received $3.9 million for its weatherization program will be on hand along with Tacoma’s Metropolitan Development Council to answer question about their programs. Local businesses engaged in weatherization and other sustainability sectors will also be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate products, and describe their services.

Brandon Rogers, Clover Park Technical College’s Grant Development Coordinator, states that Washington State’s two-year colleges have been recognized for anticipating the current move towards sustainability. In March, Clover Park received the MetLife Community College Excellence Award for service to the community through its Brownfields Job Training program, which emphasizes green jobs training.

Highlights of the expo include:

  • A hands-on demonstration of cutting-edge weatherization techniques by RetroTech
  • Representatives from Pierce County agencies that provide weatherization services on hand to explain their programs, and provide information on applying for weatherization assistance.
  • Career-building experts from WorkForce Central’s Business Connections will conduct break-out sessions to help you prepare for and land a job in weatherization and other sustainability fields. These sessions begin at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

The expo will run from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at Clover Park Technical College’s McGavick Student Center. Admission and parking are free. Further information and directions to the center are available at cloverparkeventcenter.com.
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