Green job training grant awarded

Opposite corners of the state will get federal money to train almost 700 workers in the clean-energy industry.

The Blue Green Alliance Foundation will receive $5 million of economic stimulus funds to train Iron Rangers in northeastern Minnesota and southwestern Minnesotans, as well as about 1,300 in the Twin Cities area.

The Blue Green Alliance brings clean-energy and unions together, and it is part of a wider coalition that includes United Steelworkers and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for the training.

“We need skilled workers to manufacture the wind turbines, solar panels, transmission equipment and countless green products that will form the foundation of the clean energy economy,” said David Foster, president of the Blue Green Alliance Foundation.

“American manufacturing has been hit hard by this recession, and we can and must do more to create new opportunities to ensure that workers are ready to build the green economy,” added United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard.

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