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Moultrie Tech awarded $3.7M grant for GREEN Tift

News release from Moultrie Tech-

MOULTRIE, GA.  Moultrie Technical College (MTC) has received a $3,753,579 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that will help more than 200 Tift County residents find jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The DOL recently awarded $150 million in green jobs training grants to 38 recipients across the United States. Moultrie Tech was the only grant recipient from Georgia. The "Pathways Out of Poverty" grants are authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and part of a larger Recovery Act initiative totaling $500 million to fund workforce development projects that promote economic growth by preparing workers for careers in the energy efficiency industries.

The program, called "GREEN Tift," will target three areas of the energy industry: bio fuels, energy efficiency assessment and renewable electrical power - solar, wind, biomass and geothermal.

The grant further establishes Moultrie Tech as a state and regional leader in community-based job training and job placement, said MTC President Tina K. Anderson

"I am extremely pleased that this funding is being committed to green jobs training," Anderson said. "Not only will this program help us provide training and economic relief for struggling families in Tift County, it will also help create a cleaner energy future."

Eligible participants will receive recruitment and referral services; basic skills, work-readiness and occupations skills training; supportive services to help overcome barriers to employment; and other services at times and locations that are easily accessible. Through the program, participants will receive certifications and on-the-job training that will lead to employment.

A shuttle bus system will be established to transport local residents to and from the Tifton campus of Moultrie Technical College. Supports such as child care stipends and GED fees will aid participants in completing the job training program.

"Because of this grant, we are able to explore new areas of job development that would have been impossible without grant funds.  The immediate effect we will receive from the grant is the hiring of nine positions needed to administer the grant and teach the courses we are offering.  We are so thankful to have such a great group of state and national legislators that go to bat for our area on a daily basis and secure funding that keeps us on the cutting edge of technology and job creation," said Dr. Shawn Cutlery, MTC's vice president of economic development. 

GREEN Tift also will foster the "real world" application of energy technologies developed at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, said Dr. Craig Kvien of the University of Georgia.

"GREEN Tift allows us to train local citizens in alternative energy applications developed right here in Tift County," Kvien said. "It will increase our visibility as an internationally recognized center for energy efficiency and innovation."

Moultrie Technical College will lead a consortium of partners in implementing the project. GREEN Tift partners are the University of Georgia; Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; the Day Reporting Center; South Georgia Workforce Investment Board; Tift One-Stop Center and the Georgia Department of Labor.

Tifton resident Julie Sharpe, of Sharpe Solutions LLC, wrote the grant application in partnership with the Moultrie Tech faculty, staff and administration.

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