Press Release – LACI Announces New Workforce Development Program for Green Job Training – Participants Will Learn Job Skills and Train with Startups for On-the-Job Experience

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Opens Call for Applications for Advanced Prototyping Center Fellowship Program to Bring Under-Represented Groups Into the Cleantech Sector

Los Angeles, May 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has opened their call for applications to the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) Fellowship Program.  Applicants must apply by May 24, and commit to attending the Career Exploration Day on June 7 at the APC, and be at least 18 years old. For more information and to apply visit laincubator.org/apcfellowship/

Participants will gain both technical and interpersonal skills in addition to industry-recognized credentials. Upon acceptance to the program, 30 participants will attend a two-week training ‘bootcamp’, culminating in a career fair with cleantech startups. Then 12-15 successful participants will complete a three-month internship with a cleantech startup or LACI Portfolio Company. 

The APC Fellowship Program will help create a green jobs pipeline for both participants and LACI start up companies. The program also supports Mayor Garcetti’s recently-launched Green New Deal L.A./Sustainable City pLAn which set a goal of 300,000 green jobs by 2035 and 400,000 by 2050.

“In order to build a truly inclusive green economy, we have to ensure that everyone has the skills and abilities to access green jobs”, said Matt Petersen, CEO of LACI. “We are grateful for the support of our partners at the Wells Fargo Foundation and Annenberg Foundation and also the support of our legislators Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and Senator Maria Elena Durazo. Over the past seven years, LACI’s programs and startups have created over 2,000 green jobs, yet we know we need to do more to create opportunities for everyone to join the cleantech economy.”

Participants in the APC Workforce Development program will not only work in state-of-the-art facilities, they will also be trained and mentored by an experienced job coach and machine shop tech. They will be introduced to the ecosystem of cleantech startups at the LaKretz Innovation Campus and to the LACI Portfolio Companies to ensure employment success and longevity in the green economy.

About the Advanced Prototyping Center

The LACI Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) is made possible by the LA Department of Water and Power & U.S. Economic Development Agency. The APC a world-class facility with advanced prototyping and industrial equipment , chemistry and electronics labs, 3D printing, and other machinery that is managed by LACI expert staff who are ready to share and teach their skills. A community of entrepreneurs, artists, inventors and startups working in a state-of-the-art collaborative workspace, APC capabilities include a waterjet, CNC mill, CNC lathe, 3D and Roland large format printing, and more. Find out more at laci.org/apc

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), a nonprofit organization, is creating an inclusive green economy by: unlocking innovation through working with startups to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies, transforming markets through partnerships with policymakers, innovators and market leaders in transportation, energy and sustainable cities; and enhancing communities through workforce development, pilots and other programs. Founded as an economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past seven years, LACI has helped 78 portfolio companies raise $221M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,750 jobs, and deliver more than $393M in long term economic value. Learn more at laci.org

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Sarah Bryce
424.362.9462
sarah@laci.org

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Clare Le | 213-358-6500 | clare@laci.org

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