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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 25, 2011) –A residential retrofit “Work Ready” workforce development program created by the University of Central Missouri Workforce Central and in cooperation with strategic industry stakeholders has made significant achievements.
The mission is to develop a holistic retrofit industry sector by quickly “re-culturing” existing weatherization, construction and housing professionals into “Work Ready” residential energy retrofit market rate professionals. This effort has been inspired by the Obama administration’s goal to create a million jobs by weatherizing a million homes. To help prepare people to work in the home retrofit industry sector, UCM leveraged existing certification programs for select technical trade categories; however the real breakthrough was in identifying a design-build retrofit process and occupational gaps including sales, management, and administration.
Offered through UCM’s School of Graduate and Extended Studies and including workshops and certificate programs at the UCM Summit Center in Lee’s Summit, the program provides competencies in technical areas such as building science, privacy policies, rebates and incentives, improvement analysis, process management and project close-out. It also provides training in non-technical areas such as self leadership, sales ethics, teamwork, conflict resolution, customer service and career management.
“In addition to creating more energy efficient homes, the creation of permanent jobs with positive impact to our economy is among the program’s proposed strategic outcomes,” said Scott Boyce, Workforce Development representative in UCM’s School of Graduate and Extended Studies.
Here are some of the program’s accomplishments top date:
To learn more about collaborative efforts being taken to build a skilled workforce in the growing energy retrofit sector, contact Scott Boyce at 816-875-3927, Ext. 110, or Laurel Hogue, grant project director for resources, budget and reports in UCM’s School of Graduate and Extended Studies, at 660-543-4674 or go to www.ucmo.edu/retrofit.