Workforce Development Resource - How to Connect with Your Local Community or Technical College
The Building Performance Association is excited to work in partnership with the Sustainability Education, and Economic Development (SEED) Center on workforce development and job training initiatives. SEED was originally developed by the American Association of Community Colleges and is now run by the National Council for Workforce Education and Bellevue College.
The SEED Center aims to advance sustainability and clean technology education programs at colleges by sharing innovative practices to help college administrators, faculty, and staff build the green economy. More than 470 community colleges are members of SEED, and more than 30 college presidents participate in SEED’s Presidents Advisory Cabinet.
The SEED Center recently published a one-page guide for contractors on “How to Connect with Your Local Community or Technical College” as part of its SEED Toolkit.
According to the SEED guidance, knowing how to efficiently connect with your local college can save time and money when looking for skilled and trained workers. The SEED guidance contains helpful links and resources to help post job openings, provide input on curricula and course offerings and schedule updated training for existing employees.
Forging an ongoing relationship with a local community or technical college can pay many long terms dividends for building performance contractors. The SEED guidance and the SEED Toolkit can help individual contractors get free advice on how best to engage a network of educators who are willing to move forward right away on energy efficiency workforce development.