News: Job Training

Mandated to work seven days a week in the receiving department of an agricultural packing plant, Raymond was despondent. He spent every day of his life standing in a small office performing the same repetitive task of counting and labeling fruit. After three years on the job, he received his first pay raise putting him at a whopping 25 cents above minimum wage.
Pat Claycomb knew from an early age she wanted to work in the solar industry.
When Tommy Minor was growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, he didn’t hear much about renewable energy. Yet his winding path through various worlds, including community ties in downtown Cleveland, Bowling Green University, psychology studies at Morehouse College, hip hop act tour management, and work with a social justice non-profit led him to land in his current position with GRID Alternatives North Valley as the Workforce Development and Volunteer Coordinator.
Manuel Sanchez first heard about GRID...
Champagne, gifts, flowers, and party favors - that’s how most people picture a bridal shower. Instead, Leslie imagined hardhats, harnesses, ladders, and power tools. Leslie and her bridesmaids participated in GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic’s new Solar Champions program, raising money for GRID to install a solar system that will save a DC homeowner approximately $700 a year, and prevent about 100 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.
After opening our doors in January 2015, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic has come a long way! On December 20th 2016, we wrapped up the year by installing our 100th solar system in the Mid-Atlantic region.
On Thursday, December 15th, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.
This year, Darlin Velasco found herself in a situation that nearly every high school student experiences as graduation draws near: weighing numerous future career pathways and post-graduation options. Darlin knew she was interested in a career in engineering, but still felt apprehensive about her future.
I am an aerospace engineering graduate from the University of Southern California. My passion for renewables introduced me to GRID Alternatives and the awesome mission it strives toward.
Guest Blogger Anandi Gandhi: I joined GRID as an intern, part of their solar installation/construction team at the Inland Empire office in Southern California. I find that it is important to mention that I am a woman of color since it directly ties into my experience of the world, and GRID's goals.

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