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Green Union Jobs Program Kicks Off

Austin city Councilman Gregorio Casar speaks at Coffee, Tacos, and the Future of Green Jobs

An Austin-based program designed to give at-risk youth, women, and minorities a shot at a career in the green energy construction industry kicked off recently with a special event: Coffee, tacos, and the future of green jobs.

This project is a joint effort among the Central South Carpenters, American Youthworks, and local employers.

“As a construction trade organization, we recognize the importance of being on the cutting edge of green building and renewable energy,” said Jason Engels, executive secretary-treasurer of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council. “There is a bright future and direct path to the middle class through green union jobs, and we embrace the critical role we play in training a future workforce that will pioneer a green economy in Austin. We want to ensure that no one is left behind as we help Austin transition towards cleaner energy.”

Participants will be trained at the Carpenter Union's training facility in Austin, starting January 27.

Take a look at a live stream of the special event that was broadcasted on Facebook.