Red Rocks Community College
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More information: Kim Rein

September 30, 2009


Gov. Ritter Announces New Green Jobs Initiatives at RRCC Press Event

LAKEWOOD - Bill Ritter was joined today at RRCC by leaders in education and energy to announce two new educational tools that will help strengthen Colorado's clean energy workforce: a community college green jobs certificate and a green jobs guidebook.  RRCC President Michele Haney, CCCS President Nancy McCallin, Green Advantage spokesperson Claudine Schneider, and RRCC students currently enrolled in the program also spoke at the event.

"Today's announcements continue to demonstrate how we in Colorado are preparing our workforce for the kind of New Energy Economy jobs that will lead our state forward," Goy. Ritter said during an announcement ceremony at Red Rocks Community College. "We've established Colorado as a national model because of initiatives like these, because we're inventing a new energy future and  new economic future for people all across the state."

The new community colleges certificate program, "Green Advantage" will teach the latest in green construction practices and technologies. Colorado's certificate program is the first of its kind in the country and will serve as a national template for how to prepare and credential workers in green building. RRCC and Arapahoe Community College will be the first community colleges in the nation to provide the certification.
"Red Rocks Community College is dedicated to preparing the workforce for green jobs" said RRCC President Michele Haney. "The 86 percent growth in our energy and environmental technology program demonstrates that we are serving student demands. We are pleased to be one of the first schools to implement the Green Advantage certification program."

"We are excited to be a part of such a cutting edge program and are proud of the community colleges' abilities to be flexible and responsive to the needs of businesses and workforce development," said Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, which represents 13 community colleges throughout Colorado.

Gov. Ritter also announced a new resource for those who want to work in clean energy, "Careers for Colorado's New Energy Economy." The Governor's Energy Office and the Environmental Defense Fund partnered on this project to provide details on green jobs in energy efficiency, wind, solar, recycling, waste management, smart grid, biomass and geothermal energy in Colorado. "This green jobs handbook is unlike anything yet produced in Colorado," said Tom Plant, director of the Governor's Energy Office. "It provides job-seekers critical data about the jobs needed in each industry and how to train for those jobs. It's a valuable tool for students, for veterans, for anyone considering opportunities in our new energy workforce. "The handbook is available at the New Energy Economy section of Gov. Ritter's website,

Governor’s energy Office:  Todd Hartman, 303.866.2262, <>
Governor’s Communications Office:  Megan Castle, 303.866.6386, <>
Red Rocks Community College:  Kim Rein, 303.914.6260, <>

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