USDA Visits CCC to Observe First Energy Auditing Training
CLARKSDALE - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials paid a visit to Coahoma Community College Wednesday afternoon to observe the first energy auditing training course of its kind currently underway.
Fifteen CCC Career and Technical Education students have been becoming marketable as green-collar professionals though the training that began Monday. Energy auditors are professionals that are trained to perform assessments and evaluations to determine how a home or business can become more energy efficient. The free training is being offered to CCC students through a partnership with Alcorn State University (ASU), who was awarded funding for the program through a grant from the USDA.
Among those visiting to observe the program were: USDA’s Administrator for Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Lillian Salerno; USDA’s Mississippi State Director, Trina George; USDA’s Division of Rural Business-Cooperative Service Program Director, Gary Jones; and Dr. Magid A. Dagher of Alcorn State University.
According to Salerno, the Mississippi Delta was selected as the pioneer site for the program, and will serve as a model for other areas in the future.
“We want to make sure that this group of young men have every opportunity to succeed, and we think that this training opportunity provided also promotes energy efficiency in the Delta as well as gives a new skillset to this group,” said Salerno, who visited the group from Washington, D.C. “We’re very impressed with the level of commitment that these students have made. We want to make sure they get to work in the community that they live in—that’s the goal.”
The training is being taught by CORE USA, a New Orleans-based company dedicated to organizing, educating, and mobilizing households, businesses and communities to build and maintain sustainable living and working environments.
"I'm elated that USDA was able to provide this enormous opportunity, in conjunction with Alcorn State University, to these select students at Coahoma Community College,” said George. “The skills they are acquiring will be essential to homeowners and business owners because energy audits identify ways to lower costs, improve efficiency, improve maintenance and operations, and improve your bottom line.”