By The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

The N.C. Energy Office is awarding $5.6 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to create an internship program that will employ 400 North Carolina students training in green-energy related fields.

With that money, the Triad area has won 60 positions.

Guilford County government officials won a $40,000 grant for a sustainability fellow who will assist with energy audits of county buildings and perform other tasks such as analyzing energy audits and writing energy-related grants.

The city of Winston-Salem has won $115,085 to place six interns who will focus on one of three areas: sustainable architecture, environmental studies and science, or education through a public awareness program. Materials prepared by the interns will become reference materials in the cityâ¿¿s new sustainability resource center.

Alamance Community College plans to use its $339,276 grant to fund 40 intern positions that will offer ⿿real-world practice of classroom knowledge⿝ and directly support the college⿿s green technology certificate program, a 12 credit-hour program to train a green work force

N.C. A&T State University was awarded $149,074 to fund 13 internships and seven fellowships that will provide experiences in energy-related businesses, industries and agencies in the Triad.

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