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Waubonsee Community College will soon offer three training programs that will give area contractors new marketable skills, save homeowners money and ultimately make for a cleaner environment.

Waubonsee, City of Aurora Partner to Bring Green Job Training to Local Residents

Beginning in June, three certification classes will be offered to provide training to both experienced home contractors and individuals looking to enter the green jobs arena. The courses — Building Analyst and Building Envelope Certificate, Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multi-family Building Analyst Certificate, and BPI Air Sealing and Insulation Training Certificate — will provide contractors with the skills to perform home and multi-family energy auditing. The City of Aurora, through its Green Works program, will rebate course tuition for eligible Aurora residents, Aurora licensed contractors, and Aurora business owners or employees following successful completion of the program.

"Waubonsee is our local resource for Workforce Training, so this program is a perfect fit for both agencies to leverage resources," said Karen Christensen, City of Aurora Neighborhood Redevelopment Division manager.  "The City has an excellent relationship with Waubonsee's Small Business Development Center, and we hope that entrepreneurs will also use this resource to help them take their business to a new level once certification is completed. Increasing the capacity of our workforce will continue to foster an attractive location for businesses in emerging or existing 'green' sectors."

Waubonsee saw a need for these certifications in the surrounding community and also an opportunity to help contractors who have been hit especially hard by the downturn in the housing market.

"It's great to partner with the City of Aurora on this initiative," Waubonsee Dean for Workforce Development Lesa Norris said. "It's a real win-win. Every homeowner can benefit from a home energy audit, and this training prepares local contractors to offer this valuable service."

Home energy audits are growing in popularity allowing homeowners to realize significant savings on home energy expenses. Homeowners planning renovations particularly benefit from these audits that show where a house loses the most energy. Because the certifications build on a base of general home building and maintenance knowledge, students should have prior contracting or home building experience. The Air Sealing and Insulation Training is appropriate for entry-level individuals looking to implement the necessary changes identified in the home energy audit.

The Building Analyst and Building Envelope Certificate class runs from June 16 to June 25, the Multi-family Building Analyst Certificate class takes place June 27 to July 1, and the Air Sealing and Insulation Training Certificate class is from July 11 to July 15. Classes will take place at Waubonsee's new downtown Aurora Campus, which opens June 1 at 18 S. River St., and at the college's Sugar Grove Campus. More information on registering for the classes is available at

While the classes are open to anyone, the City of Aurora rebate program benefits Aurora residents, licensed contractors, and business owners or employees completing any of the three certifications. Funding for the course rebates is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. More information and a course rebate eligibility application are available at Applications will begin being accepted Friday, May 6. Registration is open now.