Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was in Denver yesterday, where she visited Mi Casa and the Denver Green Jobs Initiative – a DOL-funded project in the 80205 zip code to provide job training, supportive services, and job placement assistance to unemployed and disadvantaged residents.
Secretary Solis blogged about her experience in Denver and at Mi Casa in the White House Blog – check it out!
Secretary Solis praised Mi Casa and its partners on the Denver Green Jobs Initiative for providing low-income workers with the skills needed to start a promising new career – not just a job. Sec. Solis said that she and the Obama Administration are fixated on creating opportunities in the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) industries – even if jobs in these sectors are not yet abundant.
“It’s our future,” Sec. Solis said. “We have lost more than one million jobs overseas, but I think green-collar jobs can bring those jobs and more back home to the United States … The President and I feel strongly that in order to realize our vision to create sustainable energy sources and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we need to invest in our most valuable resource – our people.”
That’s why the Department of Labor is investing in job-training programs across the country – part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information about green jobs training through Mi Casa, visit our website www.MiCasaResourceCenter.org.