Workforce development professionals at a forum held in Nelsonville, Ohio, regarding the Green Jobs and the Ohio Economy project. The forum was one of five held across the state in May 2011 to share the research findings.
Aug 16, 2011
From staff reports
Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs recently published a Green Jobs Report, which explores training and education programs within the University System of Ohio (USO) that prepare students for green jobs.
The report is one of four reports about green jobs prepared on behalf of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) through a research project supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration.
The Voinovich School's report, along with the other three reports in the Green Jobs and the Ohio Economy series, is available here.
According to project manager Zachary Holl, these reports represent the State of Ohio's most ambitious analysis to date of Ohio's green economy, and will help to more clearly define "green"
"Among the general population, the definition of a 'green job' is unclear to a lot of folks," he said. "Hopefully, this report will help those that are interested to get a better understanding of what is a green job. And from an educational and training perspective, it's practical because it helps people to relate education and training programs to the types of jobs that those programs can prepare people for in the green economy."
As a complement to the reports, the Voinovich School developed a database that the State of Ohio is now using to provide online information on more than 1,300 green jobs-related programs at 4-year universities, 2-year colleges, and adult career centers within the USO.
The Career Exploration tool, established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, provides information for individuals who are looking for jobs or considering career changes. The Ohio Green Pathways website, established by the Ohio Board of Regents, helps users understand what green jobs-related programs are available within the USO and what types of green occupations each program may prepare students for.
Senior Project Manager Sara Boyd said employers, education professionals, students seeking education and job seekers will all be able to utilize the sites to find "information on employment and educational opportunities in the green economy as well as the best practices among programs."
The Voinovich School's report, titled Green Jobs and the Ohio Economy – Part 4: Education and Training Programs, focuses on USO programs relating to six sectors of Ohio's green economy: renewable energy, energy efficiency, manufacturing, advanced energy, bioscience, green building, and agriculture/biomass.
To prepare the report, Voinovich School researchers conducted a review of exemplary green jobs-related training programs nationally and identified best practices among these programs. Researchers then conducted a survey of educators in order to assess implementation of these best practices among green jobs-related programs in the USO.
The survey found that each of the best practices is being implemented among a majority of the 269 responding programs. In addition to the survey results, the report provides over 30 case studies of green jobs-related programs nationally and in Ohio.
For more information on the Green Jobs and the Ohio Economy reports, click here.
Best practices in green training
In its recent review of exemplary green jobs-related training programs, Voinovich School researchers identified the following best practices:
• The training program and its curriculum are based on an assessment of regional workforce demands
• The program's curriculum is informed by industry input
• The program has clearly defined strategies for measuring success, such as ongoing assessments of curricula and learning outcomes
• The program includes hands-on training with equipment of the type likely to be used in the workplace
• The program provides workplace experience for students through internship or apprenticeship opportunities
• The program is designed and implemented in partnership with the many agents involved with green jobs promotion and preparation
• The program is purposefully situated within a larger green career pathway