Detroit Solar Install Class

This 21st century skill development class has been added to E-Three Labs with the assistance of a grant from the Wege Foundation. The Wege Foundation grant covers the cost of the lab equipment for the class, as well as the consulting necessary to train the trainers. This class is designed to address the staggering unemployment issue in SE Michigan by presenting 21st century technical job skills in the alternative energy field. Revenue will be generated by a service fee component covered by tuition payments required for completion the course. The main source of tuition funding will be provided through Michigan Works! The Michigan Works! Program will provide tuition for students who qualify for training dollars allocated for underemployed or unemployed workforce development initiatives through the state of Michigan.

E-Three Labs is partnering with Detroiters Working For Environmental Justice (DWEJ) and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) to provide the solar training. The initial classes will be held at the WCCCD Eastern Campus in Detroit, MI. E-Three Labs will be working in partnership, and under the umbrella of the proprietary school license provided by DWEJ. Under this agreement and partnership E-Three Labs will have immediate access to monies allocated for tuition by Michigan Works! And the NO Worker Left Behind funding that is set aside and available for training programs located in the city of Detroit.

The revenue dollars that are generated from our solar install class will go into E-Three Labs support & funding of international projects (i.e. M. Sokoine Secondary School solar install, computers, and lighting project). The training program will also develop “in-house” solar technicians that will be capable of designing, installing, teaching, and supervising future projects for E-Three Labs nationally and internationally.

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