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Community Colleges Join to Promote Green Education

Posted October 12, 2010 02:12 PM

Community Colleges Join to Promote Green Education
Community Colleges Join to Promote Green Education
Recent estimates from the Pew Research Center suggest that community colleges enroll more than six million U.S. undergraduates. In order to help train adults for jobs in renewable energy, green building and sustainability, the nation's two-year colleges are joining the first initiative to educate students in these fields.

In a recent press release, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announced the launch of the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center, an online sharing environment which allows these institutions to boost their academic programs.

"Community colleges are uniquely positioned to be leaders of the sustainability movement, focusing on local economic development and partnering with businesses and government to provide access to jobs," said John J. Sygielski, president of Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon and chair of the AACC board of directors. "Community colleges are the backbone of American workforce training, and now is the time for us to step up and help our students and communities restore American prosperity."

SEED is a landmark effort to enable 1,200 two-year colleges to prepare the workforce with the skills needed to succeed in sustainable, clean tech and other green economy jobs.

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