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ERIC Number: EJ858229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Career and Technical Education: Pursuing a Pipeline for the New Green-Collar Workforce
Arnett, Sally E.; Kozlowski, Patti; Peach, Peggy; Varela, Erika
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n6 p36-39 Sep 2009
As the white- and blue-collar jobs are thinning because of the economic downturn, the economy is being rejuvenated by a new color of collar jobs--green. Green jobs encompass a range of skills, educational backgrounds and occupational profiles. The green industry has been recognized as a high-growth workforce sector because of the demand for sustainability products and services, in addition to government initiatives. Within the next 20 years, one in four Americans will be directly or indirectly employed in a green industry; however, reports indicate that there is a tremendous shortage of qualified individuals with the necessary skill to work in the green economic market. Despite the exploding interest in green jobs and the real potential for their development, there is a lack of a trained workforce that is hindering the development of green industries. To ensure a pipeline of qualified individuals, education and training is necessary to prepare students for the industries into which they will be entering. This article describes how a team of career and technical education (CTE) and academic teachers in Illinois developed a curriculum to expose students to the green-collar workforce while integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in an applied context.
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois