More support is coming to the green jobs movement thanks to a new joint effort by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Jobs for the Future (JFF). Today, the organizations announced the creation of The Greenforce Initiative: Advancing Greener Careers and Campuses. The Greenforce Initiative is a two-year project that will help create new green jobs education programs and training opportunities at community colleges across the nation.
Funding for this new project comes from a $1 million grant by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and an additional $250,000 grant by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation will be used to support The Greenforce Initiative in Michigan.
The program will take advantage of today’s pro-green jobs environment. Green jobs training programs have received financial support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and philanthropic organizations because they can help provide a pathway out of poverty for millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans. At the same time, these newly trained workers will help advance the nation’s green economy.
During the past year, green jobs training programs have sprung up at community colleges across the nation. Community colleges are a great avenue for these programs with their lower overhead and the fact that more Americans have access to a local community college than a local university.
"While community colleges have emerged as the leading provider of training for green jobs, for many of them it is unchartered territory," said Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. "In working with both the National Wildlife Federation and Jobs for the Future, we saw an opportunity to introduce these organizations and have them collaborate to help rebuild the capacity and competitiveness of America's workforce. By connecting graduates of community colleges' environmental programs to the pipeline of available jobs, we are enhancing the economic and social health of the communities we serve." Source: Jobs for the Future
For more information on the program or to find out how to take advantage of opportunities in your area, visit The Greenforce Initiative website.