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Submitted By: San Diego, San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortia


Joining Forces - Going Green - Everyone Benefits

  • Type of Practice: Articulation Pathways
  • Targeted Population: CTE Student, Vocational Certificate Students, State &/or Industry Certification Students
  • Program Area(s): Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium: San Diego Community College District, San Diego Unified School District
    South Bay Adult Education Consortium/Southwestern: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin Unified School District

The Challenge

Although the demand for sustainable energy programs dwindled somewhat during the recent recession, it is regaining intensity as the economy recovers. Workers with training in auditing home energy systems, installing insulation and mechanical ventilation systems are in demand and need training. Education is central to CSE’s mission. It operates under the assumption that “igniting a passion for sustainability among young people” is a key to addressing the energy problems of today and tomorrow. In order to increase its training capability, CSE equipped a full training site in a trailer on the SD Continuing Education Educational Cultural Complex campus. The facility will also be available for Continuing Education CTE instruction.

The Solution

The collaboration presents solutions for both partners. The addition of a training site promotes CSE’s mission to meet the growing demands for a trained workforce in the field of sustainable energy. SDCE benefits from the means including a fully-developed curriculum to prepare CTE students for careers in a field that is quickly gaining traction. SDCE students also benefit from the connections with employers that result from CSE’s reputation as a point of statewide and regional coordination among utilities, industry and local government. At present, SDCE has engaged in conversation with Saddleback College in Orange County to allow SDCE students to articulate to its Sustainable Human Habitat program.

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