Paging Sheriff Joe!

This story comes to us from the state of Washington, but it’s pretty much reflective of what I’ve been reading around the country:

Government-funded training for so-called green jobs has come to a near standstill in Snohomish County, having produced lackluster results.

Over the past few years, about 500 residents in the county attended short-term training programs with the hope of landing one of 25,000 or more green jobs expected to be needed in the state by 2020.

So far, 95 of those 500 students have found jobs.

WorkForce Development Council of Snohomish County, which oversees training under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, recently put a hold on sending more people through the training program, which had a job placement rate of about 20 percent.

That’s still a higher placement rate for green-job training programs than the national rate, which is about 10 percent, according to a recent U.S. Department of Labor audit.

Nationwide, about $500 million in Recovery Act funds were allocated to train nearly 125,000 people for green careers. Nearly a year and a half later, the audit found, only 52,762 people had been trained and 8,035 had found jobs.

And with the bankruptcy rate of government-backed “green” companies — many of which are merely fronts for crony capitalist and venture socialist money transfers between political allies — who knows how many of those relatively few jobs will remain in a year.

This epic fail also has something to do with the fact that there’s no such thing as a “green job.” They might as well train a million people to be Jedi Knights in the hopes that the economy may someday revolve completely around Star Wars.


4 Responses to “Recovery Bummer: ‘Green Job’ Training Program Put on Hold”

  1. Marshall_Will on February 4th, 2012 1:33 pm

    — many of which are merely fronts for crony capitalist and venture socialist money transfers between political allies —

    Saw a similar Sooner dash for the cash in the 90's under Clinton. Gov. funding for minority/women-owned businesses. At least under that 'program' an ongoing facade of running a biz was something of a prerequisite.

    As you'd expect, the straw owner was never 'in' ( if they ever existed? ) Bammie punched THRU all that. And what a cruel JOKE for all those sincere and motivated students to have such a hoax dangled before them.

    Welcome to the Saturday follow up to Michelle's now predictable Doc-Dump Friday. Truesoldier, the floor is yours!

  2. backwoodsconsr on February 4th, 2012 2:10 pm

    There are only two things green about this: trainees turning green with envy at the sight of people who actually have jobs, and the green of the taxpayers' money being wasted so foolishly.

  3. SignPainterGuy on February 4th, 2012 3:25 pm

    When I read or hear GREEN, I see RED ! The red of anger and the red of communism !

    It angers me so that when Green was getting its big push here in the USA, Spain had already been into it for 15 yrs or so, and showing huge negatives as a result. When it was announced that Spain was to be our model, a model of failure, I thought my head would explode !

  4. Truesoldier__ on February 5th, 2012 2:46 pm

    My guess is the green jobs training was put on hold, because they ran out of money. These programs are notoriously full of corruption and graft (especially up here in WA ST). Take for example this program:

    Allegations that a Seattle Public Schools program meant to help small businesses access district contracts had been paying vendors for suspect purposes came to light in late February when state auditors released a critical report.

    In findings backed in part by a district investigation released days later, state auditors found that about $1.8 million in district money had been spent on questionable ends. Of that amount, $280,000 was chalked up as a complete loss to the district.

    One vendor was paid $163,000 to instruct contractors on the basics of small business operations; the classes were never taught. Other vendors charged the district tens of thousands of dollars to create minor databases or training materials that latter proved to have been copied from the web.

    and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

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