Bill Promoting Green Jobs Certification Programs Wins Unanimous Approval

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TRENTON – Legislation that would permit county colleges and vocational school districts to establish green job certification programs received final legislative approval in the Senate today.

The bill (S-1648) would allow county vocational school districts and county colleges to partner with private entities to develop and establish green job certification programs. The college or vocational district would identify needed skills, develop training programs and train workers for green jobs in 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.

The bill authorizes county colleges to review national standards established by various industries in developing a green jobs certification program and to consult with the Department of Community Affairs in the development of such programs.

The Assembly passed the bill in February by a vote of 76-0. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 38-0. It now heads to the desk of the governor.

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