Those Volunteer Hours Really Add Up
More Americans became volunteers in 2009 than in six years as 63.4 million individuals volunteered, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. The CNCS annual Volunteering in America reported the increase Americans who volunteered through a formal organization last year gave more than 8.1 billion hours. Those hours translate to volunteer time valued at an estimated $169 billion. Baltimore was ranked 16th among large metro areas with 48.3 volunteer hours per resident.
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MISSION: Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) provides outstanding educational, cultural, and social experiences to the residents of Baltimore City, the state of Maryland, and surrounding areas. The College’s accessible, affordable, comprehensive programs include college transfer and career preparation, technical training, and life skills training. The College provides a variety of student services that meet and support the learning needs of an increasingly diverse student population. BCCC is a dynamic higher education institution that is responsive to the changing needs of its stakeholders: individuals, businesses, government, and educational institutions of the community at large.
BCCC Receives $1 Million Weatherization Grant from U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy has approved a grant award of $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to Baltimore City Community College to expand its weatherization job training center and programs. The expansion will enable the college to train up to 200 low-income unemployed or underemployed Marylanders for work in the growing field of energy efficiency. BCCC calls the newly funded project its Baltimore Energy Efficiency Training Initiative.
While already operating the largest community college-sponsored weatherization training facility in Maryland, BCCC will now develop and implement four new training modules for skills needed to install and maintain new technologies (including photovoltaic and solar thermal). Courses will be available in traditional and hybrid (with both onsite and online instruction) formats to accommodate differing learning style preferences. Training will take place at the BCCC Weatherization Hub (1212 N. Wolfe St.) and at the college’s Maryland Center for Construction Technologies (901 North Milton St.), both located in East Baltimore.
More than 30 percent of Maryland residents who qualify for home weatherization assistance under the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program live in Baltimore City. To address that need—and the need for good jobs—the goal of the college’s Baltimore Energy Efficiency Training Initiative is to expand local training to offer multi-tiered career pathways in energy retrofit and weatherization.
BCCC is also training contractors that provide services to residents who do not qualify for weatherization assistance. Successful completers are currently awarded a continuing education certificate from BCCC, a credential that state and local agencies recognize as proof of competency in weatherization services.