One hundred San Bernardino County military veterans will have an opportunity to receive job training in the solar and wind energy fields under a new program approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.
Under a contract with the Kern County Employment Training Resource Department, the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department will perform outreach and marketing activities and provide job training and case management services to veterans residing in the county until June 30, 2012, at a cost of $643,500.
Funding for the program was made possible by a grant from the state Veterans Employment-Related Assistance Program awarded to Kern County on May 18.
The job training and employment services are mainly geared to veterans who have recently returned from active duty and have not been dishonorably discharged.
"We're focusing on people returning from the war with no job opportunities," said Jeanette Hill, program analyst for the county Workforce Development Department. "Right now with the job market, it's pretty difficult for them to enter the work force."
With dozens of geothermal, solar and wind energy projects planned for the High Desert and the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, the clean energy fields seemed the most ideal to tap into for veterans seeking employment, Hill said.