IBAMA February 2019

THE RENEWABLE READER

FEBRUARY 2019

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TO COMBAT RISING RATES OF UNDEREMPLOYMENT: We Create 21st Century Entrepreneurs

For approximately 14.1 percent of the population, it’s a difficult time to be a part of the American workforce. This difficulty doesn’t just stem from high unemployment rates. Instead, it stems from underemployment, a trend that negatively affects a number of families, particularly those who live in urban communities. Unlike unemployment, where a person is actively seeking a job and cannot find work, underemployment describes a situation where a person is working, but they are either high-skilled employees with low-skilled and/or low-paying jobs or part-time workers who want full-time jobs. While these workers technically have a career, they aren’t often offered a wage that allows them to make ends meet. Mounting bills, expenses, and responsibilities require people to take any job they can get, even if it is not in line with their respective skill set or career interest. In many cases, folks who are underemployed are forced to get a second or even third job in order to keep a roof over their heads, and this workload can drastically impact their quality of life. To try and help those who are struggling with the pains of underemployment, I created Urban Career Institute with the mission of creating 21st century entrepreneurs. The courses revolve primarily around renewable energy and personal development. In just the last year, companies and individuals all across the globe have made huge strides in what is now known as “The Green Revolution.” Simply put: The world is going green, and, earlier this year, a bill was introduced to Congress for the “The New Green Deal,”— a callback to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s introduction of The New Deal in the 1930s . This legislation is strongly supported by the masses, and, just as its predecessor did, it will create massive job growth within The Green Revolution. In fact, it’s already started. In March 2017, Tesla unveiled a new 13MW solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, which was a huge step in bringing the state closer to its ambitious goal of sourcing 100 renewables by 2045. The farm includes nearly 3000 Tesla Powerpack batteries, and the company estimated that the farm will offset 1.6 million gallons of fossil fuel per year in the state. Tesla’s CEO says that

the batteries’ stationary storage “will actually have a growth rate probably several times that of what

the car business is per year.”With more emphasis being put on renewable energy sources like these, there’s no doubt that the availability of jobs will soar.

The courses at Urban Career Institute exist to connect those who are underemployed with a rapidly growing industry. Between providing

resources for mechanics working with electric motors and rechargeable batteries, and coaching business owners on ways to incorporate sustainable products in their company, our students will use their hands-on education to combat the rising rates of underemployment. Still, Urban Career Institute isn’t just about putting coursework online for people to buy. The courses are there to coach the underemployed and help them get the job they want and need. These courses are there to offer people a new livelihood and a new reality, which will allow them to spend more time with the people they love most: their families.

–Ken Redway

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