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ERIC Number: EJ819600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-31
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Community Colleges Are Key to "Green" Jobs, Activist Says
McCandlish, Laura
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n10 pA20 Oct 2008
This article reports on the message of an environmental activist during a speech last week at a conference of the National Council for Workforce Education. According to the environmental activist Van Jones, community colleges play a pivotal role in pushing the fossil-fuel-dependent economy toward a reliance on renewable energy. A community organizer in Oakland, California, Mr. Jones advocates for millions of new environmental jobs to both combat global warming and lift underemployed people out of poverty. He is also a scheduled keynote speaker at a conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in November. Community colleges are key to Mr. Jones's sustainability priorities because the new jobs in solar- and wind-power installation and green construction will require more than a high-school education but less than a four-year degree, he said. But until industry demonstrates more demand for green workers, many community colleges will be hard pressed to add new programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California