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LEAP and City of Charlottesville Announce New “Growing Opportunity Green” Jobs Training Program

“GO Green” to Train, Hire Energy Coaches; Applications Due March 9

March 3, 2015

Charlottesville, Virginia – The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development  have teamed up to launch Growing Opportunity (GO) Green, a workforce development training program that prepares City residents for a career as a LEAP Energy Coach.

The program, entirely free for eligible participants, offers four weeks of training that will equip participants with skills in customer service, communication, workplace readiness, career readiness, and basic building science principles. Program instruction with be offered through Piedmont Virginia Community College.

After successful completion of this program, participants will have the opportunity to be considered for an Energy Coach position with LEAP. Once hired, participants will receive additional on-the-job training with LEAP. Energy Coaches work full-time and will make about $30,000 a year.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, or to apply, visit www.charlottesville.org/jobcenter. You can also call 434.970.3933 or email jobcenter@charlottesville.org. Applications are due March 9.

According to Hollie Lee, Chief of Workforce Development Strategies for the City of Charlottesville, “We view this partnership with LEAP as an opportunity to prepare City residents for a career that will enable them to achieve self-sufficiency, while at the same time helping LEAP find qualified candidates that will assist in moving the organization’s energy efforts forward. It’s a win-win situation!”

LEAP’s Energy Coaches provide a variety of services that help local homeowners save energy and money, primarily with a Home Energy Check-Up – more than 1,000 have been completed in Central Virginia since the fall of 2013.

“The services that LEAP’s Energy Coaches provide are part of a booming energy efficiency industry.  We’re excited to be able to bring city residents into a green career field with unlimited upside,” said Tim Leroux, LEAP’s Director of Operations.