Central Missouri University gets grant to train 'green' workers

WARRENSBURG, Mo. | The University of Central Missouri is getting a $190,000 grant to train workers to conduct energy audits and update buildings to make them greener.

The Warrensburg school says in a news release that the Missouri Department of Economic Development is providing the grant with federal stimulus money.

One goal is to create a work force qualified to make energy-efficiency improvements, such as adding insulation and installing new windows and doors.

As part of the pilot program, the university will offer courses to the general public in Kansas City and the surrounding region. The unemployed will be one group targeted for training.

The university says that if the program is a success it might be expanded elsewhere.