Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $156,508)
Solar One's Green Jobs Vocational Training Program will consist of three semester sessions that will provide practical skills and knowledge to 12-15 students per semester. All three sessions will be organized in a similar fashion: a one-month pre-training research-and-investigation period, followed by forty hours of professional and technical training conducted over the next ten weeks, and culminating in a green job fair and the acquisition of Certificates of Completion. During each of these three sessions, through our partnerships with other organizations that will provide technical resources, students will also create a short film to document their learning experience. Approximately 45 students are expected to develop highly specialized skills and knowledge applicable to emergent green industries over the duration of the program. The grantee will track the progress by determining what percentage of students complete their training and acquire a certificate; what percentage of certified students go on to graduate from high school (compared to the school's and community's overall graduation rates); and what percentage of students acquire jobs in green industries. Longer term tracking is also expected ' how many students remain in these jobs and how long they remain within the industry. Project evaluation will also include teacher surveys, retention and attendance rates (as compared to other high school programs), and long-term incarceration rates of program participants. CEC Stuyvesant Cove will work with the high school and other partnering organizations to collect and research these data, and establish benchmarks that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the initiative and suggest potential adjustments and improvements for long-term implementation. NCA/NCF
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