PA 10-156—sHB 5164

Program Review and Investigations Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Education Committee

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PROGRAM REVIEW AND INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE CONCERNING THE ALIGNMENT OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT IN THE GREEN INDUSTRY

SUMMARY: This act requires higher education institutions in Connecticut to (1) publicize green technology initiatives in higher education and (2) collaborate in furthering these initiatives.

The act requires the Department of Higher Education, in consultation with the Department of Education, to develop annually and publish on its website (1) a list of every green jobs course and academic program in a public higher education institution or a regional vocational-technical school in the state and (2) an inventory of green jobs-related equipment in these schools. Additionally, the act requires the Community-Technical Colleges (CTC) Board of Trustees to have uniformly named green jobs academic programs in the CTC.

The act also requires institutions to (1) hold meetings to explore possible ways to collaborate on green initiatives and (2) support efforts to develop career ladders in the green technology industry.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2010

PUBLICIZING GREEN INITIATIVES

The act requires the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission and Connecticut Energy Sector Partnership annually to solicit and publicize information on efforts made by Connecticut higher education institutions to promote the green technology industry. This includes (1) the development of new courses and academic programs and (2) initiatives to align green jobs programs with employer needs.

The act defines a “green job” as one that uses green technology and may include the occupation codes identified as green jobs by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and any codes identified as green jobs by the departments of Labor and Economic and Community Development. It defines “green technology” as technology that (1) promotes clean energy, renewable energy, or energy efficiency; (2) reduces greenhouse gases or carbon emissions; or (3) involves the invention, design, and application of chemical products and processes to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

COLLABORATION REQUIREMENTS

The act requires each regional vocational-technical school and public higher education institution to develop, in a manner prescribed by the commissioners of education and higher education, equipment-sharing agreements for students in green jobs courses or academic programs, including solar photovoltaic installation.

It also requires quarterly meetings between staff from UConn's Center for Clean Energy Engineering and Eastern Connecticut State University's Institute of Sustainable Energy to explore possible collaboration on green technology and green jobs initiatives. It requires staff from (1) other public higher education institutions and (2) centers that focus on clean or sustainable energy that are affiliated with these institutions and in the same geographic region to meet in order to promote collaboration with respect to the green technology industry.

Lastly, the act requires public higher education institutions to consult with regional workforce development boards in supporting efforts to develop career ladders and lattices in the green technology industry. It specifies that special attention be given to workers who entered these fields as a result of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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