Job Corps Ties Green Training to NCCER Curricula

Effective Oct. 1, all Job Corps center-operated construction, advanced manufacturing, and automotive training programs are required to implement the Job Corps' newly green Training Achievement Records (TARs), which incorporate green elements based on NCCER's "Your Role in the Green Environment" and were validated by a workgroup of industry experts and Job Corps management and construction instructors.

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Job Corps has committed to producing 8,500 green graduates from all of its construction programs by August 2010. To implement the Green Construction TARs, Job Corps has communicated to its centers the importance of acquiring NCCER accreditation in order to be able to certify students completing these TARS.

Through the NCCER accreditation process, instructors can obtain certification to enable students to receive industry-recognized credentials and documentation of their training accomplishments through NCCER's National Registry.

"Students have a better opportunity for getting jobs with NCCER training," says facility maintenance instructor Robert Watson, Jr. at the Gainesville Job Corps Center in Gainesville, Fla. "Besides having an NCCER certification," he said, "students have an advantage of being candidates for large construction companies in the U.S."

For inquiries on this Job Corps directive, call 800.733.5627.

About NCCER — NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification, and career development standard for the construction, maintenance, and pipeline craft professional. For more information, visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.

About Job Corps — Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for out-of-school youth, ages 16 through 24. The National Job Corps Association represents the business, labor, volunteer, advocacy, academic, and community organizations involved in the operation of Job Corps. For over 45 years, Job Corps has assisted more than two million youth transition from economic despair and hopelessness into careers that provide them economic independence. Job Corps' success has rested in large part on its responsiveness to employers and the emerging needs of our economy. You can learn more about Job Corps and the NJCA at www.njcaweb.org.  

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