Politics Slow Green Jobs in Los AngelesEvoLLLution NewsWire
Despite the promise of a booming green jobs sector, which led many un- and underemployed people to register for LBCC’s program, Chung said political games in Washington have cost many their time and their promise of a job.
Though the college successfully trained 80% of their program participants to become highly-skilled home retrofitters and upgraders, the shelving of a government program called PACE due to the lingering debate about climate change’s existence killed the industry these people were being trained to fill.
Rola Halawanji, who played a major role in developing the program at LBCC, told Chung the closure of PACE significantly altered the market and applicability of the skills they were teaching.
“Going into this, we actually thought that we wouldn’t train enough people for the jobs that were coming.”