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Online Discussion: Green Jobs and Adult Basic Skills

Posted on 03/25/2009

Green for All

The National Institute for Literacy's Special Topics Discussion List will address Green Jobs and Adult Basic Skills from April 6 - 10. You can subscribe (and later, if you wish, to unsubscribe) on NIFL’s listserv page.

Adult literacy education practitioners, adult learners and those concerned about the environment will find this topic of interest. This discussion will help adult literacy practitioners to understand what new employment opportunities may exist for their students, and how to help students prepare for these "green" jobs. What exactly are "green" jobs? How many of them are there nationwide? Why are these jobs important to adult learners? What are the qualifications for these jobs? What role can adult literacy education programs play in helping students to prepare for "green" jobs? These and other questions about environmentally friendly work and adult literacy education will be addressed by our guests and by discussion participants. We hope you will join us.

Background on Discussion Guests

Alex Risley Schroeder has worked in the adult literacy and workforce development field for over twenty years. She currently works as a Green Careers Coach with adult literacy and ESOL learners and displaced and dislocated workers for the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board in western Massachusetts.

Chris Cato is the Green Initiative Project Manager for YouthBuild USA. Chris's primary role is to support the Greening process for YouthBuild programs throughout the United States. Chris is currently assisting with the development of a "green agenda" for Massachusetts YouthBuild Coalition.

Vien Truong is the Senior Policy Associate at Green For All. She concurrently serves as the Associate Attorney for the New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law. She is a Commissioner for the City of Oakland's Fund for Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee.

Kate Davenport has spent several years working and exploring the link between natural resource management, community assets, and economic development in both the private sector and non-profit sector. She is part of the management team for a start-up environmental microenterprise providing organic waste removal and reuse services for commercial clients in the Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Atlanta area.