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Free Job Training: 55 Grants Available to Retrain Workers for Biofuels Industry
Date:11/22/2011

LA JOLLA, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- If algae is to be the solution for America's pain at the gas pump, trained workers are needed to make that a reality. Applications are now available for continuing education grants at the University of California San Diego to retrain workers as general science technicians in the rapidly expanding biofuels industry in the San Diego and Imperial County region.

Approximately 55 students will begin classes in March of 2012, with each student receiving the equivalent of a $7,000 grant from the State of California. Prospective students from across California interested in applying for next year's EDGE program and biofuels and industrial biotechnology companies interested in hiring interns from the program should contact Karen Overklift at the BIOCOM Institute (858) 455-0300, extension 104 or koverklift@biocom.org or go to http://tinyurl.com/4d9m93g.

Algae, the substance known to many as "pond scum," may one day be the fuel that powers U.S. automobiles.

"That's what petroleum is - it's ancient algae," said Dr. Stephen Mayfield, a professor of biology at UC San Diego and director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (http://algae.ucsd.edu/), or SD-CAB. "Algae already makes oil that looks like crude oil. The oil we extract from algae goes directly into a refinery and gets converted into diesel or gasoline."

The students, who will attend classes at UC San Diego Extension and Mira Costa College, are the second cohort of students in a program funded by a two-year, $4-million grant from California's Department of Labor under the Green Innovation Challenge.

"Nationwide there is a need for skilled workers to participate in the development and commercialization of new technologies, as we can see in the field of alternative e
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