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BUILDING EFFECTIVE GREEN ENERGY PROGRAMS IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Identifying green energy jobs for individuals with entry-level skills has been a significant problem. In fact, the projections for green growth have not yet translated into a sizable number of jobs. As of now, there also appears to be only marginal demand within green energy sectors for lower-skilled workers. Moreover, green energy sector credentials and competencies are inconsistent and still evolving across the industry and among employers. And though welcome, the large influx of training funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has also contributed to substantial confusion among training providers struggling to determine who should provide what training. In this paper, Workforce Strategy Center (WSC) examines how community colleges leading the field in green energy education are grappling with these issues. It also makes the case that community colleges should be substantially involved in training low-income individuals, especially the low-skilled, if in fact the goal is to help them lead self-sustaining lives. Our aim is to help community colleges across the country navigate a path forward through evolving terrain as they develop green energy education and training programs for low income populations. Their success will enable national and state policies incentivizing growth in the green economy to propel disadvantaged people towards family-supporting employment. Read More

Why Green is your Color: A Women's Guide to a Sustainable Career

Since 1920, the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor has been conducting research and developing policies and standards to safeguard the interests of working women; advocating for equality and economic security for women and their families; and promoting quality work environments. In support of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’ vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone,” the Women’s Bureau is working to ensure that women are key participants in the growth of the green economy in the coming decades. Read More

Engineer

Video and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working as engineers. Read More

Power Plant Operator

Video and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working in power plants. Read More

Technician

Video and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working as technicians. Read More

Lineworker

Video and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working on power lines. Read More

Videos

Videos and information on skills, education, average salary, and future of those working in energy careers. Read More

Proven Practices Collection

A set of research-based, best practices, and videos designed to improve the recruitment and retention of female students in careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the trades. Some items are free for download, others must be ordered at cost. Read More

Green Jobs Training: A Catalog of Training Opportunities for Green Infrastructure Training

This catalog provides information on training and certification opportunities for jobs and careers categorized as part of the “green economy.” The catalog includes federal and state listings. Read More

Engineer Your Life

Career guidance for high school girls on engineering science. Read More

Mission

EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.

EERL & ATEEC

EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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