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Winslow Township, NJ- Last Wednesday, Congressman Andrews, along with O'Donnells Tower Ad Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and other House members, announced over $700,000 in federal grants to grow an estimated 175 green jobs in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties.   These grants, issued under the Department of Labor’s Green Jobs Innovation Fund, will provide funding to the Finishing Trades Institute in Winslow Township.  The Institute will use the grant to train workers in green methods of painting, drywall finishing, and glazing. 

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With the help of this grant, the Finishing Trades Institute is creating a new Tri-Green Certificate Program aimed at educating people interested in either apprenticeships or improving their knowledge of sustainable business.  Those who complete the training will have access to hundreds of employers, community groups, and local Workforce Investment Boards that have

partnered with the Finishing Trades Institute.  The Institute is also partnered with several local universities to provide graduates with academic credit.

“There are jobs being created everyday in clean and green energy in the state of New Jersey,” said Rep. Andrews. “This program will connect the people in our community that need work with the work that needs to be done.  Some of the men and women that receive this training will be creating the solar energy resources that will stop us from buying foreign oil and help put our neighbors back to work.”  Congressman Andrews also thanked President Obama and Secretary Solis for the investment in his constituents and the future of our country.

“We’re really excited to get these grants,” said Michael Schurr, Director of Training for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region.  “These grants are going to help a lot of people in the tri-state area, and we’re going to make sure of that.”

This Green Jobs Innovation Fund grant is part of a U.S. Department of Labor program that awarded six organizations a total of $38 million to serve workers in 20 states across the country.

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