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ERIC Number: EJ902278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Positive Energy: Green-Jobs Training Prepares Students for New Careers
Coyle, Kevin; Flynn, Maria
Community College Journal, v81 n2 p40-43 Oct-Nov 2010
The emerging green economy will create not just jobs, but--if done right--career opportunities across the United States as green manufacturing, green products, and green services fuel demand for workers at all skill levels. Sixty-one percent of the members of the Association of Energy Engineers report a growing shortage of qualified professionals in the field, and 37 percent say they plan to retire in the next 10 years. According to the Center for American Progress, clean energy will be one of the largest industries in the country by 2020, valued as high as $2.3 trillion per year. At the center of this unprecedented opportunity are the nation's nearly 1,200 community and technical colleges. Good work is already under way in several states, including Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas. In this article, the authors detail a new Greenforce Initiative designed to spur green-jobs education. They present examples that illustrate how community colleges in some states implement the program and provide opportunities to participate in the emerging green economy.
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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: Illinois; Michigan; North Carolina; Texas; United States