A new $90,000 grant will help Glendale Community College prepare students to succeed in the growing green technology industry, officials said.
The Glendale City Council is expected to approve the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board grant, which would fund 96 hours of smart-meter training for 30 students.
The money comes from a larger $250,000 grant awarded to the United Way of Greater Los Angeles as part of the Pathways Out of Poverty program, a component of the federal stimulus bill.
The training is designed to provide bankable skills to economically disadvantaged students, opening up career opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach, said Don Nakamoto, executive director of the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board.
"This is a brand of new technology that is being implemented around the country," Nakamoto said. "The Obama administration has really emphasized the green industry and green technology, so a lot of money is flowing into this area."