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  • Free training available for green technology jobs

  • Free job training sessions for those interested in specific green industries are upcoming across the Kansas City area, including Independence.

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  • Free job training sessions for those interested in specific green industries are upcoming across the Kansas City area, including Independence.
    The city of Independence, in partnership with local organizations and governments, is offering the training in home weatherization and energy conservation. From April 4 through May 20, the home weatherization and energy conservation training program will consist of 40 hours per week for seven weeks. The program is available for unemployed or underemployed job seekers who are interested in finding a job in home weatherization.
    Applicants will be interviewed, though not everyone who applies will be chosen to attend the training. Those who are interested in applying for the program must attend one of the following informational sessions:
    • 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Bishop Sullivan Center’s St. James Place, 3936 Troost Ave., Kansas City.
    • 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence.
    • 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 26 at the Green Impact Zone offices, 4600 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City.
    • 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Green Impact Zone offices, 4600 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City.
    • 6 to 9 p.m. March 3 at Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave., Independence.
    Candidates for worker training include those who are at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a GED, have a driver’s license and access to a car and have no prior felony convictions. They must be able to pass a drug test, a background check, be physically able to perform the work and be committed to completing the program and seeking employment within the field.
    Individuals seeking employment in energy conservation/home weatherization must bring the following documents: a valid photo identification, a Social Security card, a birth certificate, a high school diploma or GED and proof of either unemployment (award letter for any benefits received, including unemployment, Social Security, disability, food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or proof of underemployment (last two pay stubs from employer).
    OAI Inc. organizes the training program. Contact Warren Adams-Leavitt, Kansas City project director for OAI Inc., at oaikc@yahoo.com or at 816-224-5252 for more information.

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