Clark Serves as Panelist at Workforce Development Institute

Earlier this semester, Craig Clark, dean of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, served as a guest panelist at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), presented by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

In “Green Credentials Matter,” Clark and three others discussed the foundational standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency training, and how national assessment and goal attainments can demonstrate a college’s commitment to green initiatives. Alfred State was highlighted as a national model at this session.

“The Green Genome” examined the association’s Green Genome Project, which aims to identify institutions with effective green workforce education programs and determine their structures and the institutional competencies necessary for preparing this workforce. By identifying the practices and policies that are effective, implementation of similar programs may be possible for other organizations.

According to the institute’s Web site, the Workforce Development Institute is “an annual three-day conference that aims to educate, invigorate, and motivate those who are new to workforce development as well as seasoned practitioners” and “a comprehensive program for community college-based workforce service providers.” The AACC is the voice of community colleges, advocating on behalf of its members and supporting initiatives in policy, innovative programming, research, and strategic outreach to business, industry, and the media. [www.aacc.nche.edu]

The College’s efforts in green credentialing and the implementation of green workforce education programs reflect its commitment to integrating sustainability education into its programs, and further the mission of reducing its carbon footprint and training students to succeed in a global green economy. Alfred State will also serve as host of the "Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability" conference from June 14-16, 2012, focusing on networking with a diverse range of education and sustainability professionals. Learn more about the conference and register.