Green-collar jobs focus of DPS Career Expo
April 5, 2011
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
What is a green-collar job, exactly?
"It has to pay decent wages and benefits that can support a family. It has to be part of a real career path, with upward mobility. And it needs to reduce waste and pollution and benefit the environment."
—Phil Angelides, venture capitalist and chair of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor and environmental groups championing green employment (TIME magazine, “What is a Green-Collar Job, Exactly?” May 26, 2008).
Green building and manufacturing, biofuel production and electric cars are all part of a fast-growing green industry. Renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies have generated millions of new jobs in recent years, many of which did not exist a decade ago. Clearly, the green movement is not just for tree-huggers anymore—and no small part of the future for which our students are preparing.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Tuesday, April 12, more than 200 juniors and seniors will learn what it takes to succeed in the fastest-growing industry on the planet during the DPS Career Expo at Ponitz Career Technology Center, 741 Washington St.
Sixty regional employers will meet and talk with DPS students about the education and skills required to make them the best candidates for green industry and other high-tech jobs. Career paths include finance, technology, engineering, construction, healthcare and communications.
Students will attend three breakout sessions: A panel of green industry experts answers questions about how to prepare for new green-collar careers, Sinclair Community College representatives discuss preparation for college, and GE Money representatives talk about success in the work world.
Students from all DPS high schools and special centers will attend the Career Expo, which is sponsored by Shook Touchstone, Tes Tech, CDO Technologies, Chartwells-Thompson and First Day Federal Credit Union.