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MCTC to Train “Green” Workers

Green Homes North Initiative aimed at rebuilding in tornado-damaged north Minneapolis

MCTC offers customized training in The Green Homes North Initiative, spearheaded by the City of Minneapolis and Mayor R.T. Rybak, will facilitate the construction of 100 “green” or energy-efficient homes throughout north Minneapolis beginning this summer. In partnership with the project’s architectural developers, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and its department of Continuing Education and Customized Training has developed customizable curriculum for new and incumbent construction crews to fulfill the building needs presented by the program.

“We have built green homes with our partners in North Minneapolis, and they’ve been a huge success, so now we’re taking that experiment to scale,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak. “Green Homes North will provide another boost of confidence for the housing market, the building trades and the neighborhood.”

According to the City of Minneapolis, the program will incorporate quality green design standards; standards of efficiency, sustainability and “green” construction; job creation and workforce development; sourcing of local green products and marketing to meet homebuyer expectations. Rybak anticipates the initial groundbreaking and the start of construction to begin in early June, according to this article in the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

At MCTC, the Greens Homes North Certification Series is a customized class available by request covering various "green" construction techniques available in the residential construction market. Students are employed with contractors and architects who are working in tornado-damaged homes in north Minneapolis and the vacant lots its destruction left. The training consists of 65 hours of classroom training and an integrated student/employer/instructor internship wherein the instructor meets periodically with the student and their employer to review and reinforce training. This close relationship between all three parties has greatly enhanced the opportunity for the students to immediately apply their new green construction skills in their workplace.  Upon completion of the course and internship, the students will receive an OSHA 10 Construction and a Lead Abatement certification along with a “Green Homes North Series” certification.

"I received rave reviews about the Green Homes North training program at MCTC,” said Marie Larson, City of Minneapolis RENEW project manager. “The students loved the coursework and each person gave a glowing review of the instruction as well as the course content." The training is funded by a grant from Renewable Energy Network Empowering Workers (RENEW). RENEW, funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, is administered through a partnership between The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions

For more information or to request this training series for your employees, contact Andrew Lindquist, customized training representative, at andrew.lindquist@minneapolis.edu or 612-659-6528.