Texas Community Colleges Convene for Clean Energy Jobs Summit

Greenforce Initiative Supports Greener Careers and Campuses

10-28-2010 // Amanda Cooke
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NWF and Jobs for the Future (JFF) today held the first Greenforce Initiative™ summit, hosted at South Texas College in McAllen.

Texas unemployment hovers around 8.4 percent

Today’s summit was designed to aid the region’s economic recovery by boosting green jobs education, innovation and training at Texas community colleges. The Greenforce Initiative™ will help campuses in six regions implement or refine high quality green career pathway programs that put Americans back to work. The event was organized in collaboration with partners from South Texas, Houston, Lone Star, Laredo and Alamo Colleges.

“Today’s Texas Greenforce Summit brought together dozens of community colleges and workforce development agencies in our region.  The participants shared strategies that will equip the local workforce and put Texas back to work in the emerging clean energy sectors,”said Praween Dayananda, Campus Field Coordinator for NWF’s South Central Regional Center in Austin.

Officially launched in September, the Greenforce Initiative™ was also highlighted as a feature commitment at the April 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in Miami, Florida.  In addition to its work in Texas, the initiative created five other regional Learning and Action Networks and has partnered with community colleges in North Carolina, northern Virginia, Metro Chicago, Seattle and Michigan.  

Participants at today’s summit included:
  • South Texas College (host campus)
  • Alamo Colleges
  • University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
  • Houston Community College
  • Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
  • University of Texas Pan American
  • Workforce Solutions - South Texas
  • Workforce Solutions -  Lower Rio Grande Valley
  • McAllen Economic Development Corporation
  • Starr County Industrial Foundation
  • MET, INC
  • Vida Careers
  • WCVI

Visit www.greenforceinitiative.org to learn more, and follow related news on Twitter @Greenforce.

Read the full press release here.