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ERIC Number: ED510248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Building Effective Green Energy Programs in Community Colleges
Bozell, Maureen R.; Liston, Cynthia D.
Workforce Strategy Center
Community colleges across the country are engaged in large-scale federal and state initiatives to train low-income individuals for the nascent field that's become known as "green jobs." Many green economy advocates believe that green jobs training can be part of career pathways that help move unemployed and disconnected individuals--who are often low-skilled--from entry-level positions into higher-skilled, higher-paying jobs. Amidst all the excitement and funding, even those colleges at the forefront of green energy education have been struggling to build green workforce development programs as a result of three factors: (1) the state of the U.S. economy; (2) the emerging nature of the green sector economy; and (3) the focus placed by the federal government on educating low-income and low-skilled individuals for this emerging sector in its training grants. This paper 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. This paper aims 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. Appended are: (1) Case Studies from the field; and (2) Colleges featured in the report. (Contains 13 footnotes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Workforce Strategy Center