Bakersfield, CA—August 11, 2010—enXco - an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company and Kern Community College District announced a four-year partnership today resulting in funding for green energy training and the creation of new jobs in Kern County.
Representatives from enXco were on hand to present the District-led Clean Energy Training Program with a check for $160,000 to fund scholarships and internships for trainees in renewable energy technician programs at Bakersfield College, Porterville College and Cerro Coso College in the Kern Community College District, and Taft College in the West Kern Community College District.
"As one of the leading wind project developers, and the largest third-party provider of operations and maintenance service in North America, enXco recognizes the growing need for trained workers and understands the importance of preparing a workforce to fulfill future employment needs," said Mark Tholke, Southwest Regional Director for enXco. "We are proud to join forces with KCCD to build upon the innovative work of the District to create a training program aimed at meeting the current and future needs of the renewable energy industry."
"With Kern County's unemployment rate reported in July to be 15.7 percent, it is clear that job training and job creation must be high priorities," said John Means, Associate Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development for Kern Community College District. "Our job in the Kern Community College District is to provide a trained workforce with the skills and competencies local companies need. The District's Clean Energy Center is poised to train alternative energy workers and relieve some of the unemployment stress in our community."
This contribution demonstrates enXco's long-term commitment to creating new economic opportunities within the region and signifies the beginning of a successful partnership. It further leverages federal and state funds and provide trainees a direct conduit into the wind industry.
"This partnership will help train part of a green energy workforce that is emerging in Kern County," said Tholke. "Construction and ongoing operations of wind projects provides green jobs now. Policy support at the county and state levels are the critical drivers for more wind and solar projects in California on an accelerated timeline."
enXco (www.enxco.com) - an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company (www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com) develops, constructs, owns, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, we have been a leader in wind-energy focusing on large-scale wind projects. Today enXco's portfolio includes solar and biomass technologies, in an effort to help drive our nation's transition to a sustainable energy economy. enXco is a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States, and is the leading third-party operations & maintenance provider for wind farms in North America.