Port of Oakland Partners on Transportation, Logistics Workforce Training

The Port of Oakland headquarters building. Photo: Mark Nero.

The Port of Oakland and the West Oakland Job Resource Center are teaming up to provide training for workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry, the port announced Sept. 26.

The center, which launched the “Greening the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry” initiative, netted a $350,000 California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program grant, which is part of the commission’s $100 million annual investment to communities by fast-tracking the development and deployment of green transportation and fuel technologies, the port said.

The project seeks to create roads to good-paying, quality jobs in marginalized communities. Those in the program will receive training on various zero emissions vehicles and equipment.

The port has indicated that it plans to offer the program’s administration ongoing technical help.

“I am excited to collaborate with the Port of Oakland and its business partners on this exciting new grant for green technologies in the transportation and logistics industry,” Job Resource Center Executive Director Joyce Guy said.

By Karen Robes Meeks