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GREEN TECH Breakout. Co-Facilitators: Doug Lewin , Good Company Associates Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities 512.279.0753 | [email protected] Lonny Stern, Skillpoint Alliance Technology & Education Executive Council

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GREEN TECH Breakout

Co-Facilitators:

Doug Lewin, Good Company Associates

Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities

512.279.0753 | [email protected]

Lonny Stern, Skillpoint Alliance

Technology & Education Executive Council

512.323.6773 x103 | [email protected]


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Round-robin introductions

What is your name?

What organization are your representing?

What is your interest in green tech development in the region?


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Defining the “Green Tech” Sector

A green job is one that expands clean energy production, increases energy efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution, and/or conserves water and other natural resources.

Source: Pew Center


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Defining the “Green Tech” Sector

Energy Efficiency

Energy management services

Smart grid technologies

Green building

Clean energy project development

Energy conservation auditing

Energy finance

Renewable Energy

Primary energy

- solar, wind, biofuel, geothermal, hydro

Generation

Production

Installation

General operations

R&D companies


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What are the high demand jobs?

Source: State of the Workforce; Workforce Solutions & CAPCOG, April 2010


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What are the high demand jobs?

In addition, Angelou Economics identified:

Electricians

Energy auditors

Insulation & Weatherization Workers

Sales & Marketing

Solar Installers

Computer Software Engineers

Construction/Project Managers

Heating/AC Technicians

Source: Central Texas Green Jobs: Employer Occupational Demand; Angelou Economics, May 2009


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Scope of Today’s Discussion

What are the high-demand jobs we are preparing for?

What training options are currently provided locally?

Are those training programs meeting the needs of employers?

How can we improve the effectiveness of our current training programs?

What opportunities exist to prepare for emerging industries?

Are employers offering jobs to those who have been trained?


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Short-term (3 - 5 years)Workforce Development


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Discussion

Short-term Workforce Development

Question #1:

Which 3 – 5 green tech sector jobs are the most important for the region to focus on in the short term?


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Discussion

Short-term Workforce Development

Question #2:

Where do you seek and recruit workers?


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Discussion

Short-term Workforce Development

Question #3:

Are you having difficulty finding workers for these jobs? (Why?)


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Discussion

Short-term Workforce Development

Question #4:

How can we better train workers in the region

and grow this industry?


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Longer-term (5 - 10 years)Workforce Development


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Discussion

Longer-term Workforce Development

Question #1:

Which 3 – 5 green tech sector jobs are the most important for the region to focus on in the longer-term?


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Discussion

Longer-term Workforce Development

Question #2:

How can we create a pipeline to these high-demand fields

for the unemployed, underemployed, and current students?


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Discussion

Longer-term Workforce Development

Question #3:

What other kinds of training programs do we need

(that do not currently exist)?


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Discussion

Longer-term Workforce Development

Question #4:

How can we address barriers to training?

(costs, time, drug abuse, criminal background)


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Discussion

Longer-term Workforce Development

Question #5:

Are there any other workforce development issues

we have not taken into account today?



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Discussion

Educator Follow-Up

Question #1:

What one question would you like to ask our industry partners that will help you address the issues we have raised today?


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Discussion

Educator Follow-Up

Question #2:

As an educator, what is your biggest need from industry

in order to address the issues we have raised today?


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Discussion

Breakout Session Action Items

What key action items must we commit toin order to address the issues we raised today?


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Top 5 Action Items:

Better Define “Green Jobs” Across Career Tracks

Energy & Efficiency Management

Building Services

Smart Grid/Advanced Metering

Resource & Environmental Conservation


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Top 5 Action Items:

2) Provide “Green Jobs” Training to Educators

Define career and educational pipeline to a variety of “green jobs”

Invite industry to participate and specify high-demand careers

Focus on serving Career & Technology Directors and HS Counselors

Share the 1-yr, 2-yr, and 4-yr pathways


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Top 5 Action Items:

3) Include “Green” Content in Core Courses

Don’t focus on creating new 4x4 courses or electives

Create hands-on projects suited to existing math & science classes

Share “green” content modules across the region

Host educator institutes focused on “green” content for core courses

Look at Career Academies for best practices in “green” course content


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Top 5 Action Items:

4) Explore a Regional Vocation Training Program

ISDs with vastly different resources cannot ALL develop programs

Develop a centralized vocational program and transport students to it

(e.g. community college program, industry-led apprentice program)

Share a regional “green tech” career curriculum

Bring together ISDs, Comm. Colleges, Universities, Chambers, and TEA


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Top 5 Action Items:

5) Develop a “Green Jobs” PR Campaign

Regional effort to stop “vocational training” from being a bad word

Create public awareness of green tech careers & education pipeline

Target messaging to students, parents, and career counselors

Collaborate with Employers and Chambers

Coordinate messaging at HS, Comm. College and University levels


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GREEN TECH Breakout

Co-Facilitators:

Doug Lewin, Good Company Associates

Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities

512.279.0753 | [email protected]

Lonny Stern, Skillpoint Alliance

Technology & Education Executive Council

512.323.6773 x103 | [email protected]


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