Foundation funds Green Jobs Academy courses for local students


Foundation funds Green Jobs Academy courses for local students
Paul Jackson took Rep. Carmine Gentile on a tour of the new Green Jobs Academy in 2021. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

MARLBOROUGH – Green Jobs Academy, the Marlborough-based weatherization workforce training program of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, has received a $50,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest that will allow the program to offer a limited number of tuition-free weatherization courses to qualified MetroWest students.

GJA is New England’s only regional home weatherization and energy efficiency training facility that provides complete career development training and certification courses.

The Foundation for MetroWest grant will support placement of seven students in a two-week Home Weatherization Boot Camp. This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and certifications to enter the workforce as an installer. The grant also supports three students in a more comprehensive six-week training that will cover concepts for installers and energy auditors.

Registration is now open for the two-week boot camp being held March 6-17. To apply for one of the tuition-free opportunities, email Evan Pagliuca, program manager, at [email protected].

This grant is provided through the foundation’s Workforce Development Action Project, an initiative focusing on income inequality that persists in MetroWest. 

“We are proud to partner with GIA as it helps us further the mission of our workforce development initiative and fosters the creation of sustainable clean energy jobs. We value our long-term relationship with SMOC, they’re an essential member of our community,” said Jay Kim, executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest.

Since 2010, GJA has provided weatherization job training with a dual mission and business model: to provide entry-level skills training that prepares individuals for in-demand, living wage jobs with a career ladder in the weatherization industry, in addition to flexible, customized, continuing education training for weatherization and energy efficiency professionals to continue to advance in the industry. 

For more information about SMOC’s Green Jobs Academy, visit or call 508-626-7150.


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