The Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will host a grand opening celebration Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. on the main campus in North Little Rock. The event marks the opening of the new training center and also observes National Weatherization Day.
The event will include tours of the new training center, as well as remarks from U.S. Congressman Vic Snyder; North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays; Thomas Green, assistant director of the State Office of Community Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Rose Adams, executive director, Arkansas Community Action Agencies Association; and representatives from Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Centerpoint Entergy and Pulaski Technical College.
Utilizing a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, the new Pulaski Technical College Weatherization Training Center will be responsible for providing non-credit training for weatherization installers, auditors and technicians as well as weatherization crew chiefs and other "green" jobs relevant to efficient energy usage. The center will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services, enabling skilled workers to expand the use of energy efficient practices in the state's homes and businesses.
"The Arkansas Department of Human Services--Weatherization Assistance Program has done weatherization work in Arkansas for many years, and they have been an indispensible partner in this endeavor," said Mary Ann Shope, vice president for economic development at Pulaski Tech. "The new training center will provide our workforce with most up-to-date training available in Arkansas."
Beginning in 2011, Pulaski Tech will work with other state agencies and colleges to train workers across the state with a mobile weatherization training lab equipped with an array of training modules similar to those at the Pulaski Tech site.