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Green Corps Jobs – and California Dreaming

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

No matter what you want to say about the Govenator, Arnold, I have a thing for the guy and his good green creds. Although Van Jones, author of “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems”, deserves the credit for the big idea, Arnold has put an initiative and program into motion which will begin to redefine the American workforce and revive the economy. The California Green Corps program will be “a statewide effort to train young adults between 16 and 24 years old to work in the state’s fledgling green-tech industry.”

Funded by both Federal money and the private sector, the 20-month pilot program will be in at least 10 locations throughout the state. The training will include certifications in solar installation and wind turbine manufacturing. Mr. Jones is right, this plan can be a viable solution to both rising energy costs, environmental pollution, and the declining job market. (Though what about a training program for all ages!?)

Are you salivating over a new green job but don’t live in CA, or happen to be over age 24? Get some green career coaching over at Here you can receive advice on what job is right for you, how to network, what’s available now, what training and education you may need and where to get it, and help with your resume. Phone sessions are 30 or 60 minutes at a reasonable cost of $57 or $97.

What are the Ten Best Jobs for the Next Decade? Fast Company gives you this list:

Farmer, Forester, Solar Power Installer, Energy Efficiency Builder (way beyond LEED), Wind Turbine Fabrication, Conservation Biologist, Green MBA/Entrepreneur, Recycler, Sustainability Systems Developer, and Urban Planner. Go here for more details.

[Photo by Hardy Wilson, The Chronicle]

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2 Responses to “Green Corps Jobs – and California Dreaming”

  1. phyllisdiehl Says:

    cool stuff about gov. arnold….this is a good opportunity for young people to “fly their green wings” thanks for passing this information on.

    p.s. i loved arnold in kindergarten cop

  2. Bob Deskin Says:

    Great article, very timely!
    Best regards

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