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Bristol Community College in Massachusetts opens new facility to train workers for environmentally friendly "green" jobs

The Standard-Times
Workers interested in "green" jobs have a new place to get training.

On Monday, Bristol Community College showcased The Green Center at 1082 Davol St., a new facility for training Southeastern Massachusetts' work force for jobs in home weatherization, energy auditing, solar power and other environmentally friendly occupations.

Elected officials, business leaders and others gathered for an open house at the center, located in the former Quaker Fabric building. The facility includes replicas of different parts of a home, including exterior siding, an interior wall and a cross-section of an attic.

"All the props cover 90 percent of what you would run into out in the field," said Joe Reilly, an instructor and owner of Retrofit Insulation in Fall River.

Green jobs are increasingly touted as a growing source of employment, as well as a way to help the environment and promote energy independence. The goal of the center is to have more people ready to take advantage of those jobs.

"It's a growing field, and jobs are available in the field," said John J. Sbrega, BCC's president. "There are technicians in weatherization that we need to train and have them available in our society. We are going to need them more and more as we become more conscious of the importance of sustainability."

BCC doesn't have a set number of how many people will be trained as a result. "The more, the merrier," Sbrega said.
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