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With Growth of Green Job Market, Colleges Expand Programs, Curriculum

These days there's no denying the green revolution is upon us. Solar trash compactors replace traditional trash and recycle bins. Recycling campaigns run rampant throughout colleges and organizations alike, and buildings strive to earn titles such as "LEED Certified" to prove their efficiency and dedication to sustainability.

So what does all of this mean for colleges and students alike? A revamp of curriculum and course offerings is happening at campuses across the country as schools, such as the Savannah Technical College incorporate new programs to meet the demands of the growing green job market.

One such program is the school's Sustainable Technologies Track, which gives students an opportunity to explore topics like energy efficiency, green building techniques and preservation practices. Skills in these areas are growing more and more important to the economy, as companies within every industry expand their green practices. Sustainability is the new buzz word in Corporate America, so students equipped with knowledge and skills in the subject only increase their chances of finding lucrative work when they graduate.

Further examples of this trend can be found at various campuses across the country, including the New School in New York. They offer several courses and programs promoting sustainability that cover topics such as climate change, and sustainable strategies.

Recognizing that change has to start with our next round of leaders, these schools seek to provide a thorough knowledge base and understanding of the environmental issues that plague our planet. Given the fact that the green revolution shows no signs of slowing, more schools expected to follow their lead.

Some critics fear that the rise in these programs will create an imbalance in the workforce, stating that there will be more green-skilled professionals than jobs, but data suggests that will not be the case, however only time will tell. Plus, students who participate in these programs will leave equipped with skills and experience that can be applied across industries, so they should not fear for their employment future.

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Barbara Jolie writes about advantages of online classes and is particularly interested in writing and language education. If you have any questions email Barbara at [email protected]