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Lawrenceburg BCTC students certified for green jobs

press releaseLAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2010) Three construction technology students at the Lawrenceburg Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College are one step closer to finding jobs in the expanding green building sector.

The students, Leigh Russell, Lisa Smith, and Paula Lee, all of Lawrenceburg, earned building analyst certification through the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a nationally-recognized credential program for energy auditing.

The students completed a BPI training geared to give women a leg up in the green job market and are now qualified to become contractors for Kentucky's Home Performance Program, which helps homeowners improve energy efficiency. Each student was also awarded $12,000 worth of diagnostic equipment for taking part in the training. The equipment will help them start their own residential energy auditing businesses.

The fact that they were successful speaks highly to the preparation and motivation of the students in the construction technology programs at BCTC, said Laura Lynch, assistant professor of construction technology at BCTC. Lynch, a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, encouraged the three women to enroll in the training.

The training, The Women in Building Trades Initiative: Building Analyst Training Pilot, was offered through the Building Performance Institute (BPI). It was funded by Seedco, a national nonprofit organization focused on workforce and economic development. Seedco teamed up with United States Housing and Urban Development in Louisville to start the program.

The program was free to all participants and included exam fees, lunch and a daily stipend. Students had to complete a written and field test to earn certification. To be a contractor with the Kentucky Home Performance Program, building analysts must receive their certification through BPI.

Photo cutline: Leigh Russell, Lisa Smith (left to right) and Paula Lee (not pictured), all of Lawrenceburg, recently earned their building analyst certification through the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a nationally-recognized credential program for energy auditing.