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Philadelphia-Area Women Attend Career Fair Focused on Green Economy


Women throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area are invited to attend the Training & Education Fair on Wed., March 23, 2011 held from womens career fair8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for for Business and Industry located at 1751 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia Pa 19103.  The fair will focus on training programs and opportunities for women interested in careers in the ever-growing green industry.

Registration for the Training and Education Fair will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Guest speakers from the green industry, including Energy Coordinating Agency, the Trade Union, and Finishing Trades Institute, will discuss their organizations’ training and apprenticeship programs.  There will also be exhibits information available at the close along with door prizes.

The Training and Education Fair, presented by the Neighborhood Centers, Metropolitan Career Center, Community College of Philadelphia and People for People, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Philadelphia Region’s Employment and Training Administration.

The department’s Philadelphia Region’s Women’s Bureau, which develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women, advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families, and promote quality work environments, is a major supporter of the fair.

"This Training and Education Fair is a great opportunity for all Philadelphia women to be introduced to new career paths,” said Lucia Bruce, regional administrator of the Philadelphia Region’s Women’s Bureau.  “We want women to be at the forefront of a new sustainable economy not just for them, but also for the future of their families."

For more information on the Training and Education Fair, please call The Federation of Neighborhood Centers at 215-989-3566 ext. 1104 or visit http://www.federationnc.org/default.home

About Green Jobs

It is a fact that our economy is evolving to include jobs in areas of developing next-generation biofuels, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and mass transit systems that run on hybrid powers.  Someone with advanced mathematical ability might consider an opportunity working as an engineer on electric transportation or windmill use efficiency, while someone with strong multitasking ability might consider taking responsibility supervising operations and managing collection schedules as recycling coordinator.  When women consider a broad range of job options, including green jobs, they are more likely to find successful job matches.  At a time where job growth in these areas is increasing, women have the opportunity to make a contribution regardless of current educational levels and skill sets.  Green jobs typically include on-the-job training to all workers and can take place either indoors or outdoors.

Local Funding Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has some resources for funding such as Aging Worker Initiative, Green Capacity Building, and Pathways Out of Poverty grants.  In addition, the U.S. Department of the Interior offers Youth Conservation Corps.  Some women consider green jobs to start their career paths while others take on a position to change careers.  There are opportunities available to all women regardless of age.

Contact Michael Fino at mikefino@verizon.net

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