Tag: Green Jobs

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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My First Mother’s Day

Filed in Education, Women by on May 14, 2012 1 Comment

Throughout time, parents have wished for their children a better life and richer opportunities than were afforded them. For me, these ideals remain unchanged.   Sunday was my first Mother’s Day.  My daughter is only seven months old, but as I reflect on what Mother’s Day means to me, I am proud to say that my […]

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Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

Filed in Women by on April 30, 2012 1 Comment
Women’s Bureau Director Gives Farewell Note of Gratitude

After more than two years at the Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, it has come time for me to say goodbye. It is only in this country that a humble Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Harlem’s public housing can realize her aspirations of becoming an attorney, never imagining that she would later serve […]

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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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A Closer Look: BLS 2012 Occupational Handbook

Filed in Jobs, Workforce Investment by on April 2, 2012 3 Comments
A Closer Look: BLS 2012 Occupational Handbook

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, which identifies the next decade’s fastest and largest growing occupations and offers some insights into the characteristics of these jobs. To help create an economy that is built to last, the Department of Labor is working to ensure employers have access […]

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White House Summit Spurs Government-Community Connection in Philadelphia

Filed in Education by on March 7, 2012 1 Comment
White House Summit Spurs Government-Community Connection in Philadelphia

I had the privilege of being one of hundreds of leaders from more than 250 entities—representing government, education, private industry and community-based organizations—that took part in the second White House Community Partnership Summit  at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia last Friday.  With 12 planned across the country, these […]

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