Minority Employees Complete Weatherization Training Program

By National Urban League
Published 07 PM EST, Thu Nov 21, 2019
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Seventeen members of Chattanooga’s minority workforce were among the first in the region to complete the Tennessee Valley Authority’s pilot Building Futures Minority Training Program. The program, offered in partnership with Tennessee Urban League Affiliates, was developed to train interested minority candidates on home weatherization skills and certify existing minority contractors for the Quality Contractor Network, an exclusive group of contractors authorized to weatherize homes across the utility’s seven-state service area that includes parts of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

The free program trained members of Chattanooga’s minority workforce on air sealing, attic insulation and duct sealing best practices.

The three-day technical training session was led locally by the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN).

Participants also received soft skills training on topics such as effective communication, teamwork and networking. "Graduates now have the skills, mindset and knowledge to identify necessary energy upgrades and service equipment, which will ultimately reduce homeowners’ total energy expenditures while improving their health and safety," officials said.

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