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Marin Employment Connection/Marin WIB

Meet Rick

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Workforce Challenge

With an extensive background in construction, Rick had been doing cost estimating and claims consulting for a high-end commercial consulting firm until the bottom dropped out of the commercial construction market. While he wanted to stay in the construction industry, he recognized the need to gain new skills that would make him more relevant in the current economy.

Workforce Solution

Rick discovered Marin Employment Connection and eagerly pursued retraining in energy efficiency and green building through the organization's Clean Energy Workforce Training Project (CEWTP) Project GREEN. Within a year, Rick had several industry-recognized certificates as a Certified Green Building Professional and Green Point Advisor focusing on new construction and existing homes.

Outcomes & Benefits

According to Rick, "While we may be ahead of the curve with many jobs yet to materialize, the training has been invaluable. I am now finishing my formal training with an emphasis on NxLevel Entrepreneurial training through the Small Business Development Center in Santa Rosa to ensure my marketing and financial plans can sustain my business until the economy begins to recover.
The building performance classes have been great. All this has helped me develop a solid business model."

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