SEED Programs in Community Colleges

Our friends over at Second Nature have shared an article by Todd Cohen, who is the Director of Sustainability Initiatives for the American Association of Community Colleges, about the development of the increasingly popular SEED program among the AACC.

Before I get into the article, I just want to say that I’m super excited to find another blog with the same focus as mine, with apparently a bigger collection of writers (judging by the picture on the front page)  I can’t wait to hear more from them in the future.

So what is SEED?:

Designed to support various AASHE and Second Nature tools, SEED – Sustainability Education and Economic Development – is a landmark effort by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and ecoAmerica to assist the nation’s 1,200 two-year colleges in the critical task of preparing the American workforce with the skills needed to succeed in sustainable, clean tech and other green economy jobs.

According to the article, over 300 (Almost 1/3 of AACC members) community college presidents have signed onto the initiative. The potential for positive change with this initiative is huge.  Imagine college graduates from 1,200 community colleges with a hands-on approach to green jobs, all working towards honorable goals.  Apparently the SEED program is the best way to enable this:

“There is a vast amount of information on green jobs training out there, but SEED cuts through the clutter and brings together the best resources, providing them for free to all community colleges.” said Amy Golden, Executive Director at ecoAmerica, a nonprofit organization that partnered with the AACC to create The SEED Center. “Until now there hasn’t been a nationally available network or resources to connect schools with advanced programs with schools still developing their curricula. The SEED Center will fill that important void.”

I can’t wait to see how this turns out.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Nina on November 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This looks like an awesome program. Is it only for community colleges? I can see a need across all levels of education for this hands-on green job training.


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