The Knight Green Careers Training Center prepares students for high-demand clean energy careers that provide family sustaining wages, such as those in solar, HVAC, residential energy efficiency, green construction, or environmental remediation.

Created in 2009 with generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, we credential historically excluded Black, Latinx, and immigrant youth and adults, including veterans and returning citizens, whose diversity reflects the city we serve.

Our Energy Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, and Weatherization Installer Technician programs are accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and in 2013 ECA's Training Center was recognized as IREC's 3i Clean Energy Training Program of the Year.

Partnerships to Train Young People

Our programming focuses especially on transitioning Philadelphia’s young, emerging adults, who are ages 18 to 25 and critically at risk of incarceration and gun violence, into long-term financial stability and career fulfillment.

ECA also has strong partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia, ASPIRA, and the Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) to train 50 high school students in clean energy career pathways each school year. This includes the School District of Philadelphia's Apprenticeship Programs in HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, and Pipefitting. Approximately 40 students from SDP and ASPIRA complete the HVAC Level I maintenance training each year. We also partner with Beyond Literacy to support the continuation and expansion of their Pre-Apprenticeship Programs through which students obtain their GED or High School Equivalency and complete ECA’s IREC-accredited Green Renovation and Retrofit program.

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Our 2023 Impact

In 2023, ECA trained over 250 students, accrediting them with 12 industry credentials to serve them in their new careers. At no cost to the students, we offered six grant funded programs:

  • Green Renovation + Retrofit
  • Gas Mechanic/Technician
  • HVAC Installer/Maintenance,
  • Brownfields Environmental Remediation
  • Integrated Pest Management

In May 2023, we opened the Heat Pump Installation Lab and launched our 6th program. This state-of-the-art lab is the first of its kind in PA and is critical for training proper installation and maintenance of this green technology.

Build Your Program With Us

For those currently working in the energy efficiency industry, we offer re-credentialing and continuing education. Let us design a training pathway for your employees!

To provide your high school students with hands-on clean energy training, we can build a curriculum that is right for your educational needs.

Have another idea for how to partner with our Green Jobs Training Center or want us to come to you?



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