Community colleges are the gateways to some of the best jobs in the U.S. for adults from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Many of these career opportunities are growing faster and offer better pay than other sectors of the U.S. economy. They include jobs that protect wildlife and natural resources that generate, distribute and store clean energy; and that promote healthy, high-performance buildings.
With support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, leaders from industry associations, higher education, and student groups developed this set of examples and policy recommendations for giving community colleges the capacity needed to skill the 21st century U.S. workforce.
“The workforce opportunities for the new energy economy contain jobs that our students are interested in and that will be more than jobs. The new sustainable economy will provide rewarding, lifelong careers with a livable wage.”
—Girard W. Weber, President, College of Lake County, Illinois
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In addition to the Greenforce® Initiative with college instructors, the National Wildlife Federation is working to achieve the goal of 20 Million EcoLiterate U.S. Graduates by 2025 through the EcoLeaders Program.
An effort of the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program, EcoLeaders is a leadership certification and career development program. To date, some 1,000 college students and young professionals are working towards certification in nearly every U.S. state.
Explore the National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders program at nwf.org/ecoleaders.
Our declining wildlife need urgent protection before they face serious risk of extinction. This bold vision for conservation funding could be the solution.Read More
Urge Congress to stand up for polar bears and their young by opposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Read More
Students ages 9-18 are invited to share their big idea through the "Every Elephant Counts" contest for a chance to win a trip to Botswana.Read More
Get to know the amazing wildlife in your backyard and beyond.Read More
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