West Ocala Green Jobs

Training Program

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Creating a qualified workforce for the green jobs of today and tomorrow.



West Ocala Green Jobs
Training Project
The West Ocala Green Jobs Training Program was created to provide cutting-edge green jobs training to
dislocated workers and low income adults while improving the overall economy and quality of life in West Ocala.
A team of community, business and economic development professionals assisted in developing the program and
reviewing the final curriculum. The initiative was funded through Workforce Connection with training provided by
the College of Central Florida.
About the Graduates: The students came from diverse backgrounds including manufacturing workers with
extensive experience to construction workers wanting to learn new skills, to those new to the workforce committed
to learning about new opportunities in the green economy.
Green Foundations Curriculum (40 hours): Students attended an introductory program that included classes
such as Your Role in the Green Environment, Career Assessment, Basic Math and Measurement Skills, Building
Teamwork and Trust as well as earning a General OSHA Certification.
Green Specialty Training Courses: The Career Assessment portion of the Green Foundations Curriculum
helped students determine which Green Specialty Training Track was the best fit for them. Students selected one
or more of the following tracks.
Fundamental Manufacturing Skills (53 hours): Students learned manufacturing basics such as
terminology, processes, math, measurement skills, the basics of lean and quality manufacturing as well as
earning their seven-hour Forklift Certification.
Recycling Core Training (80 Hours): Students explored standard operating procedures and regulations
of various recycling operations (scrap recycling, waste management, manufacturing, healthcare, hotels
and electronics), sorting and handling of ferrous, nonferrous and hazardous materials and earned their
seven-hour Forklift Certification.
Green Construction and Retrofitting Core Training (218 hours): Students earned their National Center
for Construction Education and Research Certification (NCCER), NCCER Certified Electrical Craft Level I
Certification and learned about Weatherization and Retrofitting, Energy Efficiency and about
products being used in green building design, construction and maintenance.
Sustainable Food Gardening and Landscape Design (96 hours): Students studied sustainable food
gardening, Florida-friendly plants and landscaping design, concepts of sustainable agriculture
merchandising and earned their Food Handling Certification.
Solar Training (129 hours): Students learned photovoltaic system basics, studying markets and
applications for PV; PV Safety; Basics of Electricity, Fundamentals of Solar Energy and PV Systems;
Sizing Units; Electrical and Mechanical Design; Performance Analysis; Troubleshooting; and earned
Certified Energy Practitioner Certification.
Weatherization and Retrofitting (38 Hours): Students prepared for the Building Performance Institute’s
Building Analysis Examination, practicing steps to a successful home assessment, developing energy
auditing skills to identify causes and solutions for energy efficiency, air quality, safety and durability.
Other training programs are being added as demands arise.
Training funds provided by the Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty Grant.

There are many available candidates who have completed West Ocala Green Jobs Training Tracks. Our
staff can provide resumes for any of these graduates.

Training Area
Green Foundations
Sustainable Gardening
Solar Training
Energy Auditing and Retrofitting

Candidates Available

Many of our candidates are eligible for On-the-JobTraining funds and a variety of tax credits including:
Enterprise Zone
The Enterprise Zone Incentive allows Florida businesses who collect and pay Florida sales and use tax to
receive a monthly tax credit against taxes due on wages paid for new employees. Employers must have
employed new full-time workers for at least three months, and employees must reside within a Florida
Enterprise Zone or must be a Welfare Transition Program participant.
Urban Job Tax Credit Area
The purpose is to encourage the creation of jobs in urban areas in Florida. During its first year of
operation, a new eligible business which hires at least 10 qualified employees may apply for a tax credit of
$1,500 for each new employee. An existing business which hires five new eligible employees within a 12month period may apply to receive a $1,500 tax credit for each new employee hired; businesses may apply
once every 12 months. Any business, new or existing, meeting the above criteria is eligible to apply for an
additional $500 tax credit if the new employee hired is a Welfare Transition Program participant.
Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, serves as a tool to secure the
job placement of ex-offenders and other high-risk applicants by issuing Fidelity bonds to businesses that
offer jobs to workers in at-risk groups. These bonds are business insurance policies that protect the
employer in case of any loss of money or property due to employee dishonesty. The bonds are provided to
the employer free of charge and act as a guarantee to the employer that the person hired will be an honest
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal income tax credit that can be claimed by employers
who hire employees from one of nine targeted groups such as Long-term Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families recipients, Veterans, Food Stamp recipients or Supplemental Security Income
Our staff can assist you in applying for any of these incentives and training grants.

Become a West Ocala Green Jobs
Business Partner

West Ocala Green Jobs
Training Program
Business Partners
Business Benefits
Business benefits will vary based on the size and need of the business. The following
include some of those benefits available to businesses that become our project
business partners:

Priority for On-the-Job Training funds
Custom training for companies hiring large numbers of employees
Joint training opportunities for smaller businesses hiring one or more employees
Employed Worker Training Grants for existing employees
Opportunities for custom job fair participation
Screening, background checks, drug screens and assessment of candidates
Business counseling services for participating businesses
Tax credits for hiring those that qualify
Federal bonding program
Assistance with business incentives available in West Ocala

Business Commitments
In return, business partners:

Advise on training requirements for their industry
Develop training approach that best meets the needs of their business
Participate in the West Ocala Green Jobs special Talent Marketplace events
Consider qualified program graduates for open positions.

These materials were printed with funds provided by the Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty Grant.

To learn more about our services and opportunities, contact our
Business Development Team at 352-873-7939, ext 1606.
Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals
with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay
Service at 711. If you need accommodations, please call 352-840-5700, ext. 7878 or e-mail accommodations@clmworkforce.com .
Please make request at least three business days in advance.