Sustainability Program Gives Job Hunters Edge

Individuals looking for an edge securing jobs in the green industry are apparently finding it through the University of Colorado Boulder. The university offers a Sustainable Practices Program that provides individual courses and a professional certificate focused on sustainability issues often encountered in green jobs.

Since the program’s start in 2007, more than 290 people have enrolled. Classes through the program are not for university credit, are open to the public and can be taken individually or as part of the professional certificate. The professional certificate requires 100 credit hours including three core classes: “Organizational Change for Sustainability,” “Communication Strategies for Sustainability” and “Tools and Techniques for Sustainability.”

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CU-Boulder’s program is the only public university program in Colorado in which participants can receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding to attend. Scholarships are available for Coloradans interested in the statewide programs, which can be applied for through state workforce centers. In addition, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has selected the CU-Boulder program as an official provider of green jobs training for Coloradans.

Those who’ve taken the class say it has given them the edge they needed in a tough economy, according to program directors. “The Sustainable Practices Program gave me a boost on my resume that helped me move into the kind of work that I wanted to do, where there’s a lot of opportunity,” Chris Berry, a former student in the program, said in a statement.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.

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