White Paper: The Value of Vocational Education

Friday, March 28, 2014 13:07
Posted in category White Papers

ROI of vocational educationVocational training programs have a superior return on investment when compared with all other educational paths, and are in high demand for today’s workforce. Despite these facts, government funding for education is disproportionately allotted to degrees and credentials that are not as pertinent to the modern employment landscape. Current allocations of federal expenditures toward education are incompatible with the needs of the labor force, and the effects of this misallocation could prove detrimental to the American economy.

An examination of student outcomes for CleanEdison’s vocational training programs illustrates the value of middle-skills education, particularly with regard to the clean energy industries. The credentials that result from these short-form education programs are well-rewarded in industries that are seeing major growth, such as manufacturing and renewable energy.

As the employment needs of the American economy evolves, so should the educational programs that are preparing learners for the jobs that need them. Read the rest of this entry »

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    White Paper: Analysis of Clean Energy Training and Education

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 17:01
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    ROI on Clean Energy TrainingThe United States is poised for a major transformation in how it gathers, distributes and uses energy. Not surprisingly, the way in which the country educates its workforce must also be altered to handle this transition. As conventional energy sources become more costly in both economic and environmental terms, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries are accelerating.

    The nation possesses a tremendous diversity of renewable energy resources and a solid base of clean energy companies through which to exploit that potential.

    These companies are offering innovative, well-paying jobs, but are often not always able to find enough skilled workers to satisfy demand. In order to fill these positions, a system of education must be developed that utilizes existing skills, emphasizes job readiness, and is backed by industry certifications.

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      Emergency Energy: Living Off the Grid

      Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:50
      Posted in category White Papers

      In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, people are asking themselves what they can do to lessen their reliance on centralized systems for their electricity, heat and transportation needs. As climate change brings the potential for more intense and frequent extreme weather events, the desire for alternative energy options is becoming more prevalent. Few experts doubt that the energy regime of the future will bear little resemblance to our current system, but what technologies are available and economically viable today?

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        3 Million Jobs in the Green Economy by 2020

        Wednesday, October 24, 2012 14:19
        Posted in category Clean Energy News, White Papers

        Where are the Green Jobs?

        CleanEdison research indicates that nearly 3 million people will be employed in the green economy by the end of 2020.

        When we look at job creation and industry growth in areas such as energy efficiency, solar energy, and smart grid technology, we see tremendous growth potential. We estimate that by the end of 2020, nearly 1 million people will be employed in these sectors and nearly 3 million people will be employed in the green economy as a whole.

        As Seen in Bloomberg News

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          “Energy Auditing is the Best Small Business to Start” – US News and World Report

          Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:00
          Posted in category White Papers

          “Energy Auditing is the Best Small Business to Start”

          Energy Auditor Jobs Growth
          Nearly one million people are currently employed as energy auditors, and that number is only going up. Thanks to an increased awareness of the importance of efficient energy practices, people at all income levels across the country are seeking services of a qualified energy auditor to help them re-fit their homes and businesses to be more energy efficient. Qualifications include a BPI Certification, which is generally used for existing residential homes, and/or a HERS Rater Certification, which is focused on new construction

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