Community Colleges to Provide Green Jobs Training

Community colleges are helping students find a place in the green economy. (Photo:

The National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED) have joined forces on a paper that looks at the role community colleges will play in the nation’s emerging green collar economy. The report, Going Green: The Vital Role of Community Colleges in Building a Sustainable Future and Green Workforce (PDF), looks at the importance of community colleges as consumers and businesses embrace the green economy trend.

“Community colleges are at the forefront of this growing momentum for action on climate change, sustainability, and green workforce development. Across the country, colleges are exercising leadership and meeting their social mandate to create a thriving, healthy society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions, creating living classrooms on campuses, integrating sustainability principles into curricula, and educating and preparing workers for new, reoriented, or emerging jobs in the clean energy economy.” Source: Going Green Report (PDF)

The report includes a few examples of sustainability projects currently used on community college campuses across the nation. Two of the projects spotlighted include the use of a biomass heating system at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Mass., and a geothermal heating and cooling system at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill.

The report ends with a list of six actionable items that will help community colleges get involved in this green economy and sustainability movement.