Green jobs training program hopes to help young adult refugees earn some greenbacks

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A New Americans Green Jobs Training Project, providing solar installer training for income-eligible youth through Mohawk Valley Community College, was launched Monday by the Midtown Utica Community Center in conjunction with county and state officials.

The project is geared toward young adult refugees. It is funded by a Green Careers/Environmental Justice Grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, officials said.

“The partnership that we have developed through this project helps our refugee population prepare for a successful career and solidify the future,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-119, Utica, said “this grant is an investment in transformation....As we deepen the skills of these young people who have come from all over the world, we give them the tools not only to find a good job, but also play a lead role in the redevelopment of Utica’s housing stock as the next generation of homeowners....”

​The project targets youth of ages 18-24. It also addresses many refugees’ needs for expanded technical English instruction, according to the announcement.

Anyone interested in the program should contact the Midtown Utica Community Center at 43 Scott St. in Utica. Its website is midtownutica.org online.

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