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Building Careers and a Sustainable Future

Filed in Education, Green Jobs, Job Corps by on September 25, 2013 1 Comment
Building Careers and a Sustainable Future

We take environmental stewardship seriously at the Gainesville, Fla., Job Corps Center solar program. In the past year, my students have installed 8 kilowatts of Photovoltaic panels on pole mounted racks and then tied them into the center’s internal grid to supply electricity. While not replacing all of our energy usage, these panels do lower […]

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Job Corps Goes Green

Job Corps Goes Green

When you’re an old building, it’s not easy being green − and the average Labor Department building is about 40 years old. The department’s Job Corps faces a tremendous challenge in this area, in that the program’s facilities account for 99 percent of the department’s buildings. Executive Order 13514 requires federal agencies to meet certain […]

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Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Stewardship, Service and Skills for the Future

Overwhelmed by America’s natural beauty,  President Theodore Roosevelt once declared, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” The appreciation for America’s great outdoors combined with a sense of […]

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YouthBuild: I Transformed a Home, but the Experience Transformed My Life

YouthBuild: I Transformed a Home, but the Experience Transformed My Life

My name is Ciera Russum and I’m a member of the Advanced Construction team at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. We worked with the Green Building team to complete a full-gut rehab project on Greene Street. In the past year, this house was completely transformed. So was my life. When I first saw the house, there […]

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Women Making a Difference for Africa

Filed in Child Labor, Green Jobs, Jobs, Women by on July 9, 2012 3 Comments
Women Making a Difference for Africa

Women everywhere have the potential to be drivers of economic growth and creators of opportunity—even when they are held back by barriers like discriminatory traditions or limited access to land and credit. This is especially true in Africa, where women are often the backbone of their communities. Karethic, a company that specializes in shea butter […]

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Industry Cluster Approach Delivers Innovative Results

Industry Cluster Approach Delivers Innovative Results

Monday, I traveled to Western, NY to see how grants from the federal government are spurring economic development and renewal through an industry cluster approach.  I toured the Louise Slaughter Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and held a roundtable with school administrators, industry group leaders, and local small […]

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Earth Day: Why Green is Your Color

Filed in Green Jobs, Secretary Solis, Women by on April 20, 2012 6 Comments
Earth Day: Why Green is Your Color

Each April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. Since 1970, people have used this day to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection.   At the Women’s Bureau, we’re doing our part to address this global issue by helping women understand and prepare for jobs in the clean energy economy.  In 2009, Secretary […]

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Sun Shines on Job Corps Programs

Filed in Green Jobs, Jobs, Workforce Investment by on April 5, 2012 0 Comments
Sun Shines on Job Corps Programs

Last month, President Obama launched his four-state energy tour from Boulder City, Nev., home of the nation’s largest solar plant. I was struck by the numbers the President cited.  This plant powers 17,000 homes with clean energy.  Another one nearby is under construction to power 45,000 homes.  In addition, a third plant is in the […]

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On the Road to Better Jobs for America

On the Road to Better Jobs for America

I got my start in public service as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees in California, where I saw firsthand how a community college can impact the lives of young people regardless of where they come from, who their parents were, or what job they dreamed of doing. But I […]

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Community College to Career Tour – Day 2

Community College to Career Tour – Day 2

Day 2 Itinerary – Lexington, KY; Harriman, TN; and Wytheville, VA Stop 5 – Bluegrass Community and Technical College Kentucky may be known as the bluegrass state, and the home of the Derby, but what stood out to me was the warm hospitality we experienced. Arriving at Blue Grass Community and Technical College we saw […]

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