Workforce Development

Green Job Training & Employment Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Oklahoma two major green-job grants (OK Green $6M and OK Greenovation $5M) to train and employ workers in emerging industries such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The goal is to train more than 5,000 workers for jobs that pay above the state’s per capita income.

Oklahoma Green

For the grant, Oklahoma has been divided into east, west and central sections that will focus on employer needs in those areas. To learn more about available training programs click on the links below:

Rose State Green Healthcare Training Consortium

Rose State Green Healthcare Training Consortium
Program Contact: Brian Perryman, BPerryman@Rose.edu, 405-733-7488
Program Website: www.rose.edu/greenhealthcare
Consortium Members: Rose State College, Midwest Regional Medical Center, Senior Care Services, Inc., Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board
Training /Certifications Offered:
Green Healthcare Tools Certification (100 participants) – An orientation to introduce healthcare employees to green ideas, standards, and policies. Based upon an assessment of the employer’s energy footprint, the workshop provides the operational tools and techniques for improvement in energy conservation and waste stream reduction. The training is applicable to all levels of the healthcare team.
Expected start date: April 30, 2011 - Training Duration: 16 Hours
Green Healthcare Technician Certification (100 participants) – A green training program specifically designed for incumbent and future healthcare technicians, this comprehensive learning program addresses operational practices including: patient care services, identifying environmental waste, understanding the environmental impact of waste, reducing the medical waste stream, reducing energy and water usage, how to find environmental safe alternatives, understanding and utilizing 5S+1, green medical purchasing, understanding an utilizing environmental metrics, green customer service, and identifying and using available resources.
Expected start date: April 30, 2011 - Training Duration: 116 hours

Tulsa Community College Green Training Consortium
Tulsa Community College Green Training Consortium
Program Contact: Patrick Green, pgreen@tulsacc.edu, 918-595-7561
Program Website: www.tulsacc.edu
Consortium Members: Green Property Funds, LaFarge, Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board, INCOG, Melton Truck Lines, Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
Training /Certifications Offered:
LEED Green Associate (7 participants) - Be able to define Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), understand core concepts of building to LEED standards, understand LEED application process.
Expected start date 08/01/2011 - Training Duration: 10 days
BPI Building Analyst (6 participants) - Building Performance Institute (BPI). Understand basic building science, how energy transfers through a home, and understand different home heating systems. Expected start date 06/01/2011 Training Duration: 10 days
RESNET Certification (7 participants) - Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Understand thermal resistance of insulation materials, blower door tests and duct leakage tests.
Expected start date 07/01/2011 - Training Duration: 10 days
Alternative Energy (7 participants) - Broad overview of alternative energy, real estate finance and electronics.
Expected start date 01/01/2011 - Training Duration: 2 years
Sustainability Management (60 participants) - Techniques for implementing sustainability principles in the workplace.
Expected start date 06/15/2011 - Training Duration: 5 days
Driver Training (200 participants) - Principles of fuel efficiency and sustainable driving.
Expected start date 03/15/2011 - Training Duration: 15 contact hours
Waste Minimization (100 participants) – Industry specific training for waste minimization.
Expected start date 04/15/2011 - Training Duration: 4 – 8 contact hours
Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium
Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium
Program Contact: Jannason Long, jlong@ecok.edu, (580)559-5859
Program Website: www.ecok.edu/sogreen
Consortium Members: East Central University, Southern Oklahoma Workforce Board, Chickasaw Nation Career Services, Dr. Green Energy, Byng Public Schools, Ada Public Schools, Pontotoc Technology Center.
Training /Certifications Offered:
LEED Green Associate (LGA) (60 participants) - LEED Green Associate. 3 day course designed for non-technical fields of expertise in basic green building concepts. For students preparing for employment with companies who implement green building practices. Green Building Science, LEED 201: Core Concepts & Strategies.
National Certification: LEED Green Associate
Expected start date 4/16/2011 - Training Duration: 24 hrs (3 Consecutive Saturdays)
Photovoltaic Systems Technology Technician (PVST) (40 participants) - Photovoltaic System Technology. 3 day course for introduction to photovoltaic technology and basic installation standards of PV technology in private residences.
ECU Certification: Photovoltaic Science
Expected start date 5/10-12/2011 - Training Duration: 24 hrs (3 days)
Weatherization (Unemployed Worker) (WUW) (40 participants) - Weatherization Science for Unemployed Workers. Basic environmental science, computer proficiency, basic weatherization science, blower door procedures, energy audits, and thermography principles.
ECU Certifications: basic computer operation, Introduction to Environmental Health Science, basic weatherization science, blower door operation, basic building thermography, infrared camera, operation and theory, and energy audit.
Expected start date 5/16/2011 - Training Duration: 80 hrs (2 weeks)
Weatherization Worker Enhancement (WWE) (60 participants) - Weatherization Worker Enhancement. Basic weatherization science, blower door procedures, energy audits, and thermography principles.
ECU Certifications: basic weatherization science, blower door operation, basic building thermography, infrared camera, operation and theory, and energy audit.
Expected start date 3/28-4/8/2011 - Training Duration: 40 hrs (10 afternoon classes)
Career Tech Statewide Green Training Consortium
Career Tech Statewide Green Training Consortium
Program Contact: Greg Dewald, greg_dewald@okcareertech.org, 405-743-5446
Training /Certifications Offered:
NCCER Instructor Certification (55 participants) – A “train-the-trainer” type program utilizing the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. The curriculum is a broad overview of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for certifying buildings as “green”. The LEED rating system is the most widely used and recognized green building rating system nationwide. Successful completers of the course will receive a national certification through NCCER.
Expected start date: March 2011 - Training Duration: 3 days (approx.)
NCCER Green Building Instructor (110 participants) - A train the trainer program that will build on the certification of NCCER ICTP. This will teach the instructors the green curriculum from NCCER.
Expected start date: March 2011 - Training Duration: 2 days (approx.)
NCCER Green Building Certification (1677 participants) - National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Using LEED principles and curriculum, students in the construction programs will learn to recognize and implement green standards, green environment, green construction practices and green building rating systems.
Expected start date: May 2011 - Training Duration: 15 hours (approx.)
LEED Green Associate (50 participants) – LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design training. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.
Expected start date: March 2011 - Training Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Alternative Fuels Technician (100 participants) - Training will lead to the ability to service alternately fueled vehicles such as compressed natural gas, and understand the different power outputs of various types of fueled vehicles including hybrid and solar powered.
Expected start date: Summer 2011 - Training Duration: 6 months (approx.)
Wind Technician Level I (160 participants) - Entry level training for the wind turbine maintenance industry. Training on the use of special tools, with emphasis on safety and tower rescue.
Expected start date: Summer 2011 - Training Duration: 6 months (approx.)
Wind Technician Level 2 (60 participants) - Builds on Level 1 training, adding electrical power generation, advanced motor controls, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA), Programmable Logic Controllers, and electrical theory and trouble shooting.
Expected start date: Summer 2011 - Training Duration: 6 months (approx.)
Center of Excellence for Energy Innovation (CEEI) at Tulsa Community College
Center of Excellence for Energy Innovation (CEEI) at Tulsa Community College
Program Contact: Patrick Green, pgreen@tulsacc.edu, 918-595-7561
Program Website: www.tulsacc.edu
Staff Members: None employed by the grant.
Training /Certifications Offered:
CEEI-TCC is a model demonstration site intended to develop models for alternative energy, renewable energy, sustainable and green projects on behalf of the “Oklahoma Green” project and to:
  • Educate and train a competitive, highly-skilled workforce;
  • Provide a hub for community and industry collaboration leading to energy-efficient solutions;
  • Serve to demonstrate a working example of an energy-efficient, sustainable facility; and
  • Promote entrepreneurial initiatives and economic development while creating public awareness of sustainable practices.

The CEEI-TCC will:

  • Establish a demonstration site with development of models that can be replicated statewide
  • Provide for immediate job creation and use of local contactors
  • Facilitate alternative energy and green landscape operations
  • Provide LEED certification providing zero or a lower carbon footprint
  • Demonstrate alternative energy technologies
  • Set benchmarks for Oklahoma’s commitment to sustainability
  • Institute an evaluation system using reasonable efforts that:
    • Track the benefits of work conducted through this model site during the year following development (both fiscal and environmental);
    • Convert green savings into the metric of jobs saved/created;
    • Maintain a resource of information and ideas among potential Centers of Energy Excellence and Innovation and assist in ongoing improvement efforts; and
Eastern Region Green Consortium
Eastern Region Green Consortium
Program Contact: Mark Hays. mark.hays@okstate.edu 918-293-5130
Program Website: http://www.osuit.edu/academics/edtc/
Consortium Members: OSUIT, Eastern Workforce Investment Board, Northeast Workforce Investment Board, Tulsa Vet Center, Northeast Oklahoma Manufacturers Council, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, ABE/GED, Tulsa Technology Center, Orchids Paper Products, American Castings, Interplastics, Southwestern Association, Aggreko, National Oilwell Varco, O’Connor Company, OG&E
Training /Certifications Offered:
Advanced Energy Management (543 participants) - Teaching skills and attitudes to decrease energy waste.
Expected start date 02/14/2011 - Training Duration: varies
Advanced Resource Management (542 participants) - Teaching skills and attitudes to decrease resource waste.
Expected start date 02/14/2011 - Training Duration: varies
Distributive and SCADA (55 participants) - Distributive and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). These technologies allow for real time data analysis and manipulation of facilities in order to prevent failure. The training would help participants learn to use these technologies, thus preventing manufacturing down time, thus saving resources.
Expected start date 06/01/2011 - Training Duration: varies
Predictive Technology and Controls (55 participants) - This course will teach participants to use predictive technologies to strategically use maintenance in advance of problems instead of using maintenance to react to problems. This results in more efficient use of resources and time.
Expected start date 06/01/2011 - Training Duration: varies
Manufacturing Specialist (50 participants) - Basic manufacturing principles with emphasis on resource and energy efficiency. These green skills will build on basic skills training for entry level employees.
Expected start date 07/01/2011 - Training Duration: varies
Advanced Manufacturing Specialist (55 participants) - Green skills in manufacturing, such as decreased environmental impact, increased production and overall decrease of energy and resources wasted.
Expected start date 08/01/2011 - Training Duration: varies
AAS Degree (15 participants) – AAS Degree (15 participants) – Associate in Applied Science degrees will be awarded in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Aggreko SelecTech, CAT Dealer Prep, Komatsu Advanced Career Training, Manitowoc LIFT, and Southwestern Association Agricultural and Industrial
Expected start date 01/03/2011 - Training Duration: 4 months – 2 years
OSU-OKC Green Jobs Consortium
OSU-OKC Green Jobs Consortium
Program Contact: Terry Clinefelter, Instructor
OSU-Oklahoma City
Construction Technology & Renewable/Sustainable Energy
900 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
405-945-3362
Program Website: www.osuokc.edu/greentech
Consortium Members:
  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC)
  • Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board (COWIB)
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E)
  • Sunrise Alternative Energy
  • Comfort Works
  • Friends of NW 10th Street
  • OKC Downtown College Consortium

Training /Certifications Offered:
Geothermal Heating & Cooling (160 participants) - Training will focus on design, installation, repair and sales of geothermal technology using hands-on simulation.
Expected start date: 05/23/2011
Training Duration: 3 days on campus with course work and reading two weeks prior
Smart Metering Technology (140 participants) - This will be upgrading of skills for individuals currently working in the electrical power distribution industry. The training will focus on the installation, development, and use of smart meters and will help individuals gain needed skills to advance in their career.
Expected start date: 05/23/2011
Training Duration: classes meet 2 nights a week for 8 weeks

University of Oklahoma Lean Institute (Lean & Green Training)
University of Oklahoma Lean Institute (Lean & Green Training)
Program Contact: Dr. Marc Jensen, marc.jensen@ou.edu, 405-325-9135
Program Website: www.lean.ou.edu
Staff Members: Terry Smith, Marc Jensen
Training /Certifications Offered:
Lean & Green Training (300 participants)
This training helps businesses maintain their competitive edge in the new green economy by profitably moving toward sustainability goals through the reduction of waste using lean process improvment. It is intended to contribute to the overall objectives of the Oklahoma Green project in several ways:
  • Process improvement projects completed by participants as a result of the training will produce direct and quantifiable savings for their companies by the elimination of environmental waste, thus contributing to the health and profitability of the company through greater efficiency.
  • All employees who complete this training will receive a certification from the Lean Institute and the OU College of Continuing Education confirming that they have acquired this very versatile green job skill.
  • This program is applicable to organizations from virtually all industries. The following bullets detail some example projects that have already resulted from this training.
    • Flintco Construction – Developing a paperless development process for new construction projects. This project is intended to lower development costs, speed up the process, and make archival and retrieval of information easier and less costly. Copy costs alone associated with this process alone cost Flintco $750,000 in 2009.
    • Tinker Federal Credit Union – Developing a lean process for updating mailing lists and avoiding the production of mail that will be returned. Current estimates suggest that 95% percent of returned mail could be avoidable at no additional cost with a redesigned process, and that returned mail is currently costing TFCU $185,000 annually.
    • AAR Aircraft – Wastewater sludge reduction project in aircraft washing process. AAR is looking not only at reducing the toxicity and amount of wastewater coming from this process using centrifuges and other cleaning techniques, but is also looking at minimizing their environmental impact and cost by reusing effluent water in this process.
    • OG&E – Energy efficiency in lighting use for corporate headquarters. The OG&E team has discovered that the lighting in their HQ building draws well over 2 megawatts of electricity, and that significant reductions are possible through minor retrofits (greater than 150,000Kw).

This training is being delivered at facilities statewide, and the OU Lean Institute will deliver it locally upon request.
Start date 09/01/2010 Training Duration: four months, Three full days in the classroom, with three private lean coaching sessions, following this timeline:

  • Month 1: Training day 1, followed by coaching session 1 two weeks later
  • Month 2: Training day 2, followed by coaching session 2 two weeks later
  • Month 3: Training day 3, followed by coaching session 3 two weeks later
  • Month 4: final project presentations

Oklahoma Greenovation

In October 2011, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) received a $5 million grant from the USDOL to implement an on-the-job training/placement program for the state’s construction and energy efficiency services sectors.

Goals: OK Greenovation will develop and offer “green-centric” training, certification, and subsidized on-the-job training (OJT) for Oklahomans interested in entering these sectors at various (but not entry level) stages along an established career pathway.

OK Greenovation will help companies in the construction and energy efficiency services sectors shift from standard practices to new technologies that include more energy-efficient approaches.

Target Participants Include: Underemployed; veterans; dislocated workers; the previously incarcerated, and others. Specific requirements include:

  • All participants must be offered OJT opportunities;
  • Incumbent workers can’t be served; and,

Jobs/placement must be in an established career pathway and CANNOT be entry-level.