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Gov. Green's new corps

March 16, 2009 |  5:13 pm

Solarinstallers

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have found the perfect marriage between his ballyhooed green sensibilities and less conspicuous credentials as a byproduct of California's community college system: a new program to train at-risk youths as solar installers and wind-energy workers.

Dubbed the California Green Corps, the program will educate the next generation of green workers at schools such as Santa Monica College, which includes Schwarzenegger among its alumni. Financing will come in part from $10 million in federal stimulus money.

“President Obama and I share similar priorities right now when it comes to helping the economy rebound and creating a greener California and America,” Schwarzenegger said during an announcement Monday afternoon at American River College in suburban Sacramento.

A 20-month pilot program is expected to reach at least 1,000 at-risk young adults and create 10 Green Corps chapters around the state.

-- Eric Bailey

Photo: Solar installers at work in Long Beach. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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