Lighting Center Gets $5M for Training Program

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The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science’s Department of Design, recently received a $5 million grant to expand electrical training programs in California and Nevada. The award from the U.S. Department of Labor will provide funding for 25 organizations with electrical training and apprenticeships programs.

It will include enhancements in training for:

  • Cyber-secure building wiring and switching techniques.
  • Automated demand management and demand response.
  • Building automation and networking infrastructure.

“As a leader in sustainability, this project allows UC Davis to address important workforce training needs that support our long-term goals for achieving a sustainable and smart building infrastructure,” said Michael Siminovitch, director of the CLTC. 

The four-year funding is part of $100 million in grants awarded to 28 public–private apprenticeship partnerships through the Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap program in the Department of Labor.