This brief highlights leadership by three community colleges in "greening" their operations, curricula, and communities, while simultaneously addressing local and regional employment and environmental needs. The emerging and expanding green economy has the potential to create not just jobs, but career opportunities across the United States as green manufacturing, products, and services fuel demand for workers at all skill levels. Community colleges are leading the way in defining and addressing these opportunities, developing programs in expanding fields from solar energy to green construction; creating new and better training programs for green jobs; and developing educational pathways that lead to the Associate's and Bachelor's degrees that are key for advancing in these emerging careers. The continuing recession and the prospect of longer-term changes in local economies provide opportunities for all community colleges to demonstrate their value by helping businesses and individuals adjust to challenging economic environments and increase their resilience and chances of prospering.
Sinclair is a LEED-certified architect (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) who teaches the weatherization skill set courses at KVCTC. Students who take these daylong, one-week courses can earn Building Performance Institute certificates, college credit, and a weatherization skill set certificate if they complete all three courses. Through the grant, tuition is free for the first year the classes are offered.
A new $1.3 million dollar grant awarded to the Sustainability, Education and Economic Development (SEED) initiative at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) by The Kresge Foundation will expand green job training opportunities and innovations at community colleges.
This FEDERAL REGISTER announcement today about an April 14 meeting interest to BRG, YouthBuild, Apprenticeship, Job Corps, and AACC SEED. Building Energy Codes Program: Presenting and Receiving Comments to DOE Proposed Changes to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
This March 4th event is the first of three North Carolina sessions. Subsequent regional summits on green jobs will be held on March 18 and March 25.
Last week at Lansing Community College- West Campus, 90 participants from across the state of Michigan participated in the first Greenforce Initiative summit. With 15 community colleges represented, state agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations and small-to- large green businesses the excitement in the room was hardly contained.
ecoAmerica and SeedCenter press release 1/26/2011.
In just three short months, 355 community colleges have joined the Sustainability Education & Economic Development (SEED) Center, www.TheSEEDCenter.org, pledging leadership in green job training, and reaping the benefits. The SEED Center, launched in October 2010, is a leadership initiative, resource center, and sharing environment for community colleges, created by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and ecoAmerica, that provides strategic guidance and resources for schools to dramatically scale-up sustainability education and workforce training programs to provide students with the skills to join the new, green economy.
If Solar San Antonio's experience is any indicator, the transition to a green economy is going to be a bumpy ride.
Edison International has invested another $1 million in its innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative for green education and job training at California community colleges. The company has provided a total of $2 million for the program within the last 12 months.
ETA wants to hear from you about existing green jobs training.
The County of Humboldt, in partnership with College of the Redwoods and the California Conservation Corps, will provide free training and hands-on experience in the green building profession for young adults between 18-24 years old starting Jan. 24, 2011 for 13 weeks.
The defeat of California's Proposition 23, a measure that would have suspended the state's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, can be attributed in large part to Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager who donated $10 million to the No On 23 campaign. Now Steyer has extended his commitment to clean energy with a $250,000 donation to the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP), a collaboration of statewide utilities, UC Davis, the community college system, and electrical labor and management unions.
In October, 2010, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with its partner, ecoAmerica, launched the SEED Center (www.theSEEDcenter.org). The Web resource is a leadership initiative, free clearinghouse, and online sharing environment for community colleges to scale up training programs to educate America’s 21st century workforce to compete in the green economy. The center includes a host of promising practices as well as a curated catalog of curricular materials, industry certification reports, and professional development opportunities in areas such as solar, green building, wind, energy efficiency and sustainability education. Learn how your college can take advantage of this resource.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF) today held the first Greenforce Initiative summit, hosted at South Texas College. As the state's unemployment rate hovers around 8.4 percent, the summit is a critical part of the economic solution to spur green jobs education, innovation and training at Texas community colleges. The summit is organized in collaboration with partners from South Texas, Houston, Lone Star, Laredo and Alamo Colleges.
* Explore the new green economy opportunities in San Antonio, Houston, southern Texas and surrounding areas; * Examine ways that community colleges and other key stakeholders can work to prepare the workforce in this region for the green economy; * Identify opportunities to align economic development and economic opportunity in the green economy. * Build relationships, share best practices, and develop strategies to address resource challenges related to creating green career pathways and engaging lower-skilled adults.