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ERIC Number: EJ859529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Grant Seekers Go Green
Murray, Corey
Community College Journal, v80 n2 p28-31 Oct-Nov 2009
Looking to put some of its community members--many of whom have seen their jobs evaporate amid a troubled economy--back to work, administrators at Berkshire Community College (BCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have committed as much as $200,000 in grant money to establish a new job corps that will give low-income or displaced workers free training toward a certificate in energy conservation. At New Mexico's Santa Fe Community College, educators plan to distribute more than $500,000 in state workforce training money to expand opportunities for students in "green" career sectors. Colleges from coast to coast are committed to helping workers retool their careers for success in emerging job fields. Perhaps nowhere is that push more evident than in the alternative-energy and green job sectors, where the corporate appetite for specialized skill sets in such segments as wind, solar, and conservation grows healthier by the day. The question, for many, has been how to subsidize these educational investments, including staff and equipment, during an era of unprecedented fiscal belt tightening. Whether through foundations (Civic Ventures and the MetLife Foundation recently awarded grants to community colleges for green jobs training) or through state or federal agencies (the U.S. Department of Labor is reviewing applications for more than $500 million in job training funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), some institutions are discovering that the answer lies not within the depleted line items of fiscal-year budgets, but in the ability to identify and to win grants. (Contains 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New Mexico