Altgeld Gardens will soon be the site of a city-sponsored green jobs training program and a brownfield solar farm.
Thirty inmates took solar installation courses as part of the program, but whether any secured employment after their release isn’t yet clear.
The Midwest bucked a national trend last year, adding 3,900 renewable energy jobs thanks in part to the impact of Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act.
Community colleges play a hands-on role in training clean energy workers, but most missed out on the first round of grants from a $30 million Illinois job training fund.
Wisconsin is poised to capitalize on “the biggest market opportunity of our era,” according to a report released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and the American Jobs