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Interactive tool to help Minnesotans pursue a career in energy

February 28, 2011

Interactive tool to help Minnesotans pursue a career in energy

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 28, 2011 

Consortium of state agencies partner to create Minnesota's first energy-training map

(ST. PAUL, MN)  Minnesotans hoping to find a job in the fast-growing energy sector no longer have to search multiple websites to figure out where to go for training. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and iSeek unveiled the state's first set of energy-specific training maps to allow both entry-level and professional workers to easily locate and register for relevant training programs in the state.

The one-of-a kind resource, available at http://tinyurl.com/EnergyMaps , will enable workers to access the training they need to either enter or advance in an energy career. The maps provide a summary of training programs, contact information for training institutions, website links to institutions, information on the length of the programs, and indicates whether the program leads to a degree or certification.

"Our hope is that this set of maps will give Minnesotans an edge in today's competitive job market," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "In turn, employers in the state's energy industry will reap the benefits of highly-skilled workers needed to do jobs such as power line maintenance and solar panel installation."

Three categories are addressed in the maps: energy-related training programs, apprenticeships, and industry-recognized certification training and testing. The maps feature opportunities to become specialized in energy-efficiency building operations, electric and gas transmission and distribution, and traditional energy generation.

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Office of Energy Security (OES). The project is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Labor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and iSeek, Minnesota's comprehensive career, education, and job resource.

For more information energy-related training, visit the OES website www.energy.mn.gov