Philadelphia Community College gets $3 million green jobs grant

    The City of Philadelphia has received over three million dollars for a green jobs program to help those struggling to survive in this difficult economy.

    The Community College of Philadelphia will get over $3 million for a green jobs program to help those struggling to survive in this difficult economy.

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    The money comes from the Pathways Out Of Poverty Program, and is targeted at military veterans and low income residents in North Philadelphia, Kensington and Port Richmond. Returning Iraq War Veteran Paul Abner was trained in the program to be a weatherization technician.

    Abner: Upon graduation I was offered a job as an installer one. For a long time Philadelphia has been known as a heavy industry city, it’s nice to be on the forefront on a major change in our city that green jobs and the training will provide.

    The funding will be used to train 250 residents in a short seven week time period, and there are employers waiting to hire the graduates to install these energy saving upgrades and work in green construction jobs.

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