Job Fair To Focus On Energy

The state’s conservation and efficiency program, Hawaii Energy, will team up with Leeward Community College and University of Hawaii-West Oahu for the 10th annual Leeward Career, College and Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at LCC.

Through Hawaii Energy’s sponsorship, the fair will focus on clean energy connections, which include career and training opportunities.

The job fair provides an opportunity for employers and career programs to share information while also allowing attendees to explore and ask questions. Event organizers are expecting about 70 employers and 30 college programs to participate.

Conservation and efficiency are major growth areas. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Hawaii Green Jobs Initiative identifies 11,145 current positions related to the clean energy sector and projects a 26-percent increase in 2012. Hawaii ranks third in the nation in clean energy job growth.

“As we celebrate our 10th year, we are keeping an eye on the future, and that future is clean energy,” stated Sandy Hoshino, job prep coordinator at LCC.

“We envision a day when a majority of the jobs in Hawaii, no matter the task, will be influenced by the conscious use and conservation of energy in some form or fashion.

“That’s why, for the first time ever, we are partnering with Hawaii Energy to help employers and employees make that clean energy connection.”

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