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E3 NorCal

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Workforce Challenge

E3 NorCal is quickly becoming one of the premier service providers of Energy Audits, HERS Verifications and Building Performance Testing in California and is actively looking to expand its business. The challenge has been to find quality employees who possess crucial training in the Energy Auditing field.

Workforce Solution

Sacramento Works, through Recovery Act and WIA funding was awarded over $2.7 million in Clean Energy Workforce Training grants through the California Energy Commission. Through a partnership with the Los Rios Community College District, a Green Building training program was launched at Cosumnes Community College in Sacramento, California. Sacramento Works referred candidates who had completed the Weatherization and Energy Audit program to Mr. Tommy Young of E3 NorCal.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mr. Young was very impressed with the quality of the program, which provides future workers with 18 weeks of coursework in Building Science, as the current standard is as little as 2-4 days of lecture and an open book test. Mr. Young commended the agency and the college district for having the foresight to develop a strong, science-based curriculum that produces fundamentally sound Energy Auditors and trainees. In April, 2010, E3 NorCal hired 3 students from the program and looks to hire more as business expands.

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