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As you may already know, the State Labor Market Information Improvement (LMII) Grantee Symposium will be held April 28-29, 2011 at the Department of Labor (DOL) Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The Symposium will focus on the research and results gained by the State LMII grantees.  Attendees will be able to discuss and share their outcomes with each other through two (2) full days of presentations, panels, and networking opportunities.    You can participate virtually!

We recognize that everyone who would like to participate in the Symposium may not be able to travel to Washington, D.C. at this time.   However, we have arranged for a live Internet audio and video feed for the panels and special presentations on both days of the Symposium to lessen the impact of state travel restrictions on the actual sharing of State LMII grant activities and results.  All you’ll need to do to access live streaming of the event is to go to:

No registration is required.
The agenda provides the schedule to follow for the live video feed.

The State LMII Symposium will:

1.      Celebrate LMII grantees’ success;

2.      Provide LMII grantees a chance to share their work with colleagues and discuss successful techniques;

3.      Create an opportunity for LMII grantees to share and disseminate their sustainability plans, coordinate efforts with each other, and help sustain the momentum of the green jobs initiative and grants;

4.      Create an opportunity to expand awareness of the recent re-write and enhancement of the state and local industry and occupational projections software suite; and to

5.      Inform other interested stakeholders about what the LMII grantees have learned and how this will influence future employment and training investment decisions by the broader workforce development community.

We anticipate posting all of the Symposium’s slide presentations to the Green Jobs  CoP in the week following the event, and will notify all of the Green Jobs grantees and LMI Win-Win CoP members when they become available.

We hope you will find this alternative approach to participation is the Symposium useful to you all.



Given their role in building a flexible workforce, our work to prepare students for long-term career options and our direct ties to industry and the public, community colleges are positioned to be at the very heart of the new green economy movement. AACC’s SEED Initiative is pleased to announce its 2011 webinar series designed to support and inspire all community colleges to become leaders in encouraging sustainability practices and preparing students and workers for careers in high-growth sectors of the emerging green economy. The webinars will focus on different workforce development topics that we know to be critical for colleges and will include ‘expert’ colleges that will showcase existing programs, innovations, and promising practices.

Next Scheduled Webinar:

Community Colleges Creating Demand for Green-Collar Jobs through Community and Business Outreach

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 1:00-2:00 PM, EST

Community colleges are not only providing a skilled workforce for green-collar jobs but, with their strong ties to communities and businesses, are at the forefront of helping to create demand for green jobs themselves.

Hear from two colleges that actively outreach to local companies and the public to “go green” in an effort to expand company capacity, increase consumer demand and provide students with real-world experiences in the clean energy industry sector.

Todd Cohen, Sustainability Initiatives Manager, American Association of Community Colleges

Dr. Debra Rowe, Faculty, Sustainable Energies and Behavioral Sciences, Oakland Community College (MI)
Stephanie Sklba, Vice President Community and Government Relations, Gateway Technical College (WI)

Who should attend:

  • Community college workforce development professionals
  • Community college faculty/staff
  • Other public and private sector community leaders
Click here to register.

2011 marks the next level of green training for Job Corps, as new advanced training programs are being offered to youth in several emerging green industry sectors.   Students who have completed pre-requisite training in applicable construction trades can apply to take the advanced Solar PV and Thermal System Installer, Smart Meter Technician, Overhead Line Construction, Underground Residential Distribution, or Weatherization Technician training.

Job Corps has also added the Electronic Health Record Specialist training program to its Health Care offerings, further expanding the variety of green training opportunities for youth.  Medical Office Support, Clinical Medical Assistant, and Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide students at 9 pilot centers around the country will have the opportunity to train and earn certification before Job Corps rolls this training out nationwide. 

The advanced training Job Corps students are receiving in these fields will equip them with the knowledge and skills that are an important competitive edge as they enter today’s workforce.  These new programs join Job Corps’ 2010 effort to green all of its construction, automotive, and manufacturing training programs, which means that Job Corps now has green training at almost all of its 124 training centers around the country.

Overhead Line Construction students from the Oneonta Job Corps Academy practice their skills at a special training facility on campus

Smart Meter Technician, Overhead Line Construction, and Underground Residential Distribution are just getting off the ground at the Gary Job Corps in San Marcos, Texas and at the Oneonta Job Corps in Oneonta, NY.   

Weatherization Technician training is starting this month at the Potomac Job Corps in Washington, D.C., the Detroit Job Corps in Detroit, MI, and the Pittsburgh Job Corps in Pittsburgh, PA.  Lasting about 4 months, the new program teaches students weatherization building science, methods to identify air leakage and other building-efficiency weaknesses, ducting, and venting. The program also prepares students to receive the Residential Building Envelope Accessible Areas Air Leakage Control Installer certification offered by the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Students at Potomac Job Corps showcase weatherization training techniques and new equipment

Solar PV and Thermal System Installer training has started at Treasure Island Job Corps in San Francisco, CA and at Gainesville Job Corps in Gainesville, FL.  Solar installations were also part of a recent major effort to green Job Corps facilities, and many Electrical students have already had the opportunity to work on solar projects.

Students from the Shreveport Job Corps Center pose proudly next to the solar panels they helped install on the roof of a campus building

Job Corps students will earn skill-affirming credentials and all the necessary tools to work successfully in industries that are adopting green technologies and practices.  New green training programs were made possible by ARRA funds.  For more information on Job Corps’ green training opportunities, visit  Job Corps will also be happy to answer questions, which can be directed to Tracy Bradshaw-Morris at