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Friday, November 13, 2009

Lois Kazakoff: How much do middle skill jobs pay? $50,000

Well-paid jobs are within reach of many workers in the Bay Area, yet labor and business leaders
say there are not enough trained workers to fill the jobs emptying by retiring Baby Boomers.

The Chronicle's Nov. 15 Insight section offers a glimpse at the nature of those occupations, what
they pay and what it takes to train for those jobs.

Read down to find a list of training programs offered here in the Bay Area.

For more information, go to Tom Abate's blog, Get To Work.

East Bay Career Advancement Academy

A set of one-semester programs that integrate reading, writing and math with career technical
education to create pipelines to college and high-wage careers for disconnected, underemployed,
under-prepared young adults, the East Bay Career Advancement Academy includes 17 transitional
programs in construction trades, machine technology, renewable energy and other industry
sectors. These are offered across two community college districts and with dozens of community and industry partners.

Richmond BUILD

This 12-week intensive pre-apprenticeship construction and building trades skills program was
developed for Richmond residents. It has achieved a 90 percent job placement rate.

Oakland Green Jobs Corps

A collaboration among community organizations, unions, Laney College, the city of Oakland,
Cypress Mandela Construction Training Program and private employers, the Green Jobs Corps
prepares people for careers in Bay Area green industries, including energy efficiency and green construction.

SEIU UHW-West & Joint Employer Education Fund

This labor-management trust fund provides opportunities for union-represented health care
employees to improve their skills and move up the career ladder by offering classes needed to
enter registered nursing, professional radiologic technology and other allied health programs in
many community colleges, as well as academic support and professional development, at no cost to the employee.

PG&E PowerPathway Program
http://www.pge.com/about/careers/powerpathway/ PG&E's

PowerPathway Program recruits and trains workers for jobs in the energy sector through
several community colleges around the state, including Los Medanos College, and CSU East Bay.

Laney College Environmental Control Technician Program

The college works with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency
Center to offer certificate and associate degree programs in controls, building automation systems and energy
management; to train HVAC technicians; and to build career awareness of sustainable energy practices.

Los Medanos College Process Technology Program

The Process Technology Program at Los Medanos College prepares workers for skilled plant-operator
positions in Contra Costa County's chemical, refinery and related manufacturing industries through the
involvement of industry (including Dow Chemical, Chevron, and Tesoro Petroleum Corp., and USS Posco),
education, and the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County -- entry-level salaries are $45,000 to $65,000.

Posted By: Lois Kazakoff | Nov 13 at 05:54 PM