Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) recently awarded a $1 million grant to Illinois Central College (ICC) to start a solar technician training program, according to a company press release.
ComEd announced ICC as its selection as well as OAI Inc., the Safer Foundation and Elevate Energy through $3 million in grants funded by the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA).
“ComEd is committed to helping grow renewable energy in Illinois and equally dedicated to developing the workforce of the future who will help integrate more clean energy like solar, into the Illinois energy grid,” ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore said in the release. “The training programs that will be created by the organizations announced today will ensure that the next generation of energy workers is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities created by a new clean energy economy."
The training includes job readiness and soft skills instruction, and students will participate in over 58 hours of work-based learning at partnering businesses, according to the release. Students receive a weekly stipend of $10 per hour while enrolled in the program.
“ICC is thrilled to partner in this program, which aims to prime the technical solar workforce pipeline with qualified employees who can earn family-sustaining wages,” Rita Ali, ICC vice president of diversity and community impact, said in the release. “Beginning in February, we will begin training for approximately 120 students – that’s 30 students annually – over the four-year life of the grant.”
Visit icc.edu/news for more information or to apply for the program.