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Albany Park Community Center Recruiting for Green Jobs Training

 Energy auditors check things like ductwork, looking for air leaks.
Energy auditors check things like ductwork, looking for air leaks.
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ALBANY PARK — The Albany Park Community Center received a $750,000 grant to spend on job training for those interested in energy auditor gigs.

Now the center's looking for folks to undergo the training.

A number of certifications are required in order for an individual to quality to perform energy and weatherization audits, according to Casey Smagala, project coordinator for the center.

"Each one is $2,000. APCC pays for it," he said.

The center also provides trainees with a modest weekly stipend and covers their transportation costs during the four-week program.

The training grant comes courtesy of the Illinois Urban Weatherization Initiative, which aims to achieve two goals: reduce energy costs and prepare workers for jobs in the growing "green" sector.

Ideal candidates include veterans with technical skills, individuals with building trade experience, unemployed union workers, HVAC professionals and contractors looking to add a new skill to their toolkit, according to Smagala.

Participants in the program must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED and live in Albany Park or on the North Side.

More details will be provided at a recruitment information session scheduled for 1 p.m. July 16 at 1945 W. Wilson Ave., Suite 3000.