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Bill Would Implement Programs in County Colleges, County Vocational School Districts

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assemblymen Gary S. Schaer, Wayne P. DeAngelo and Thomas P. Giblin sponsored to create a green job certification program in New Jersey’s county colleges and vocational school districts received final legislative approval on Monday.
The bill (A-1098) authorizes county colleges and county vocational school districts to enter into partnerships with private entities to develop and establish green job certification programs. It was approved 38-0 Monday by the Senate. The Assembly approved the bill 76-0 in February 2010.
“A green job certification will give New Jerseyans the tools they need to hold a competitive advantage in an area of the economy that is poised for rapid growth,” said Schaer (D-Passaic/Bergen/Essex). “And, it proves to environmentalists and businesses alike that New Jersey is serious about being on the cutting edge of green job creation.”
“The creation of green jobs is a shared goal, especially during the current economic difficulty,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “In order for the state to attract the businesses and industries that produce renewable energy, green building components and other similar industry, the training and the certification of that training must be provided to demonstrate that New Jersey is an attractive and viable site for the location of such industries.”
“This program and our other existing green initiatives are a strong investment in continued economic and environmental survival,” said Giblin (D-Essex/Passaic). “It’s just one more way we are helping the Garden State live up to its namesake.”
Under such programs, the county college or county vocational school district would identify needed skills, develop training programs and train workers for green jobs in one or more industries such as energy efficient building, construction and retrofits, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles, biofuels and manufacturing that produces sustainable products and uses sustainable processes and materials.
A green jobs certification would be issued to an individual who successfully completes the training program.