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A class to train unemployed workers for “green jobs” in energy efficiency and renewable energy occupations will begin May 16 at East Central University. Twenty participants will be accepted for the class which is funded by an “Oklahoma Green” grant awarded to ECU.           

Weatherization Science for Unemployed Workers is an 80-hour course over two weeks. It includes basic environmental science, computer proficiency, basic weatherization science, blower door procedures, energy audits and thermography principles.            

ECU certifications will be offered in basic computer operation, introduction to environmental health science, basic operation and theory, and energy audit.           

Unemployed workers need to go to their local Workforce One Stop Centers first. If they are eligible for the training, they will be recommended to ECU to enroll in the class.           

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or be eligible to work in the United States. They must be in compliance with the Selective Service Act and will have to provide proper documentation, including a driver’s license and Social Security number.           

The Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Training Consortium is sponsoring the training. The consortium includes ECU, the Southern Oklahoma Workforce Board, Chickasaw Nation Career Services, Dr. Green Energy, Byng and Ada Public Schools and the Pontotoc Technology Center.           

ECU received a $255,840 grant for this class and other training. It was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.           

For more information or to check eligibility requirements, contact Jannason Long at ECU at 580-559-5859 or or visit

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