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Training underway for ‘green collar’ jobs
28 January 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Old Man Winter gave them a cold reception but a group of tribal students in training for new “green collar” jobs received a warm welcome from United Tribes Technical College. The mercury dipped to minus 33 one morning in the first week of January as the Native American Energy Auditor Level II Training Program got underway at the tribal college in Bismarck, North Dakota.

      Over two-dozen individuals from 14 different tribes and eight states assembled to start training for a specialized job in the new “green economy.” Many had never experienced that kind of cold before, adding emphasis to the work of energy conservation and efficiency.

Students in the energy auditor training program represent 14 different tribes and come from eight different states. United Tribes News photos Dennis J. Neumann

      Safe and snug in the college’s technical skill center, they began 18 weeks of training that will end in mid-May, when flowers are blossoming and the grass is green.

      “You’re starting out fresh in the new year, perhaps a little bit too fresh considering the weather, but certainly on a course that holds great potential for your future,” said David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president, in a welcome talk to the students. “We will do everything to assist you in being successful in this training that is set up for you.”

      The energy auditor training at United Tribes is the first program of its kind to be offered specifically for tribal participants. It was announced last fall and followed by ads that opened the registration process to Native Americans across the country.

      The training began with classroom instruction that will help participants learn the proper techniques in performing a complete energy audit.

      The need is anticipated as the economy shifts more toward energy efficiency for more trained auditors who have the ability to perform detailed inspections and make cost effective recommendations about improving a home’s energy efficiency.

      Those who complete the course will be able to perform in-depth diagnostics and evaluations and create fuel efficiency reports for customers.

      Partnering with the United Tribes Economic Development Department are the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

      For more information contact Barbara Schmitt 701-255-3285 x 1436, bschmitt@uttc.edu.


Native American Energy Auditor Level II
Training Program

January 4 to May 21
Easter break April 1-6
Graduation May 21