By Memphis Business Journal

Memphis Bioworks Foundation is partnering with Southwest Tennessee Community College to create a green training program that will train local students for green jobs.

The program will be funded with $1.4 million of a $2.9 million energy training partnership the Bioworks Foundation received from the Green Jobs Training Program through the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year. Southwest will use some of the funds to purchase equipment that will be used in classes.

Southwest will be the principal training partner in a consortium that includes Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, the University of Memphisâ¿¿ BEST Program and Mid-South Community College. Several Mid-South employers are among others entities involved in the grant program.

The program at Southwest will include courses on alternative energy such as solar and wind power. The schoolâ¿¿s one-year certificates and two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees are being enhanced for the program.

The Green Jobs Training Program was created through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide training for dislocated and unemployed workers in West Tennessee and East Arkansas to prepare them for new jobs the growing green industry.

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