(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) opens a new solar-powered facility at John O’Connell High School.
Mayor Ed Lee attended the opening ceremony saying that the facility is not only for learning hands-on skills but also for infrastructure job training. “They have to have those jobs here. We have to get them trained and ready for those jobs,” said Mayor Lee.
SFUSD through a program called “Tech 21″, created a partnership with businesses from their respective industries, to train students hands-on skills in architecture, construction, engineering, and the automotive industry. The purpose is to transform the future of the City’s youth by getting them prepared for the highly skilled trade jobs of the future.
Students from George Washington high school shared their intern experience. Fanny says, “I had to make up the measurement that I want for the building. I had to figure out which contractor I would hire if I would do the job. I really enjoyed this project because my dream is to build a house when I grew up.” Victoria says, “I realized the person doesn’t have to be a lawyer or doctor to be important. Engineers have important jobs too.”
Elsewhere, at San Francisco State University (SFSU) today dedicated a new fuel cell plant on campus. The plant is constructed, operated and maintained by PG&E. San Francisco State University President Robert Corrigan says, ” Innovative technology, clean and affordable energy, money saved would be what a public university needs and do we need it.”
The fuel cell plant could generate a total of 1.6 megawatts of electrical power. The heat captured from the fuel cell system is used to reduce the energy required to heat campus buildings. The estimated annual saving for the SFSU is about $250,000.
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