Resources and Tools

The Workforce and Economic Division, at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, has developed numerous resources and tools that are utilized for the planning and implementation of its green workforce development efforts including:  general green job and green workforce development information, energy/utility sector intermediary materials, labor market and occupational research resources, program design information, curriculum and classroom materials, and grants.

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Green Jobs and Green Workforce Development Information

Energy/Utility Sector Intermediary Materials

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Program Design – General and for Special, Targeted Populations

Green Grants


 

 

Green Jobs and Green Workforce Development Information

The following resources and tools are intended for the individual who is seeking information on the green economy, green legislation and policy, green jobs, industry-recognized credentials/certificates, and information on the activities Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has engaged in while developing and implementing its Green Workforce Development Initiative.

 

Green Online Resources

The most commonly used online resources used by the college in its green workforce development planning and implementation efforts are provided in this document.  The online resources include links to websites that provide information on the following topics:  the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act; green legislation and policy; national energy resources; California green resources; resources for green workforce development, education, and training; green jobs certifications – entry level, skilled labor, professional, energy management, transportation, and other green industry certifications and credentials; and online resources for green jobs and green businesses.

 

Green Economy, Green Jobs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This document provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the green economy and green jobs that the college receives.  Questions covered/answered in this document include:  What Propels the Green Economy and Green Jobs? What Legislation and Policies Are Currently Propelling the Green Economy and Green Jobs? Where Can I Find More Information About Green Legislation and Policy?  I Keep Hearing About All These New Green Jobs…What Are They, How Many Are There, and Which Ones Have the Most Potential?  Where Can I Find More Information on Green Jobs, Including Where they Are Located, and Job Openings?

Inventory of “Green Jobs” Definitions:  A Review of the Literature

This document is an inventory of national and state studies/research projects that aim to provide a definition of and to quantify green jobs.  The inventory includes, for each study/project cited the following information:  author/organization; the definition of green jobs utilized in the study/research; an indication if NAIC, SIC, or SOC codes are included in the study; and a link to the source document.

  • Click here to see Inventory of Green Jobs Definitions A Review of the Literature

 

Developing the Workforce for the Green Economy: Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, a Case Study

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has undertaken multiple workforce development activities for the emerging green economy ranging from conducing labor market research, to being an intermediary or convener of workforce “collaboratives”, to developing new green education and training programs.  When conducting workforce development activities for an emerging economy and/or industry, colleges must consider and be willing to undertake all these activities because little research or program development is available to draw upon.  This document briefly describes the work that was completed by the College in its green workforce development initiative.

  • Click here to see Developing the Workforce for the Green Economy: LATTC a Case Study

 

 

Energy/Utility Sector Intermediary Materials

The following resources and tools are intended for the individual who is seeking information on utilizing a sector-based approach to green workforce development.  Los Angeles Trade-Technical College serves as the sector intermediary in Los Angeles for the energy/utility sector.  The following documents specifically relate to this intermediary role.

LA Infrastructure and Sustainable Jobs Collaborative

The Los Angeles (LA) Infrastructure and Sustainable Jobs Collaborative was formed in July, 2007 with the purpose of bringing together key public, private and community partners to plan and implement a seamless education, training and workforce infrastructure that connects low income, disadvantaged populations to livable wage jobs with career paths within the energy-utility industry.  The Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI) in the Division of Workforce and Economic Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College serves as the “intermediary” for the Collaborative—hosting meetings, conducting workforce research activities, facilitating program development work, coordinating training and education programs, and other activities to ensure the mission and objectives of the Collaborative are achieved.  This document provides an overview of the Collaborative including partner organizations and accomplishments achieved.

  • Click here to see Los Angeles Infrastructure and Sustainable Jobs Collaborative Overview

 

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Utility/Energy Sector Initiative – Programs and Activities

LATTC has taken a proactive role in developing innovative programs in the Utility/Energy sector in Los Angeles and in California and is recognized as a workforce development leader in this industry sector. Other colleges, utilities, energy companies and governmental agencies request assistance from LATTC to develop programs and fill their growing employment needs.  This document provides an overview of all the activities and programs the College has actively conducted as part of its utility/energy sector-based initiative.

  • Click here to see Industry Sector Intermediary Utility Energy Sector

Workforce Development Intermediary Capacity Self-Assessment

This self-assessment tool is designed to be utilized by community colleges to gauge their capacity or readiness to serve as a workforce development or sector-initiative intermediary. And the tool can also be used periodically to measure increases in the college’s intermediary capacity/capabilities.  The intermediary “capacities” included in the tool are gleaned from the college’s review of the literature on intermediary best practices.

  • Click here to see Workforce Development Intermediary Capacity Self-Assessment

Green Labor Market and Occupational Research

The following resources and tools are intended for the individual who is seeking information on the methodologies utilized by the Regional Economic Development Institute (within the Division of Workforce and Economic Development) to conduct labor market and occupational research.  Also included are several reports and documents resulting from the labor market and occupational research REDI has conducted specifically for the energy/utility sector.

LATTC Methods Used for Estimating Green Jobs and Job Forecasting

The Regional Economic Development Institute–within the Division of Workforce and Economic Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College–utilizes several resources, tools, and methods (briefly described in this document) to estimate jobs and job growth, including green jobs.  The results of this research are used as the basis for green workforce development activities at the college.

  • Click here to see LATTC Methods Used for Estimating Green Jobs and Job Forecasting

Clean and Green Industry and Labor Market Studies

When the college initially engaged in green workforce development activities green industry and labor market studies where extremely limited, particularly focused on the Los Angeles region.  As a result, the college’s Regional Economic Development Institute commissioned or engaged in primary research resulting in the following reports.

Utility Industry Sector Report:  Los Angeles.  July, 2008

A comprehensive report on the economic and employment potential of the utility industry in Los Angeles and related workforce development issues.  The report also includes a brief synopsis of the “greening” of the utility sector and projected workforce demand.

Strategic Opportunity to Build a Green Workforce in Los Angeles. February, 2008

This report examines occupational opportunities from the “greening” of the utility and construction industries.  The report also identifies existing educational programs at the community colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District and within Los Angeles Unified School district that are either currently “green” or have potential for being “greened”.

Clean Technology Workforce Challenges and Opportunities. February, 2008

This report was commissioned by REDI to determine workforce development needs of the emerging clean technology cluster in the Los Angeles and Orange County region.

Labor Market and Occupation Research Methodology Slideshow

The Regional Economic Development Institute, within the Division of Economic and Workforce Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, utilizes a very specific methodology for conducting labor market and occupational research prior to developing new education and training programs.  This methodology includes industry sector research;  career pathways, lattices, and occupational mapping; and competency model frameworks.  The following document includes slides which briefly depict the methodology utilized.

  • Click here to see Labor Market and Occupation Research Methodology Slide

 

Career Pathway Mapping

As part of its program development methodology, the Regional Economic Development Institute develops career pathway maps outlining the most common occupation titles and pathway progression within specific industry sectors and occupational clusters.  Here are examples of two career pathway maps for the energy/utility sector in the renewable energy occupational cluster.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Career Pathway Map (Residential and Small Business)

Energy Efficiency Career Pathway Map with Weatherization Installer Occupational Profile

Utility Industry Competency Model Framework

The Regional Economic Development Institute, within the Division of Economic and Workforce Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, utilizes the competency model framework when conducting industry and occupation profiling activities.  According to the Competency Model Clearinghouse provided by CareerOneStop, “competency models identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform critical work functions in an industry or occupation”.  This document provides the competency model REDI developed for entry level trade occupations in the utility industry—particularly focusing on eligibility requirements, tiers 1 – 3 (foundation competencies), and tiers 4 – 5 (industry-related competencies) of the framework.

  • Click here to see Utility Industry Competency Model Framework

 

Occupational Profile – Weatherization Installer

Prior to developing new education and training programs, the college develops a detailed profile of each occupation the  program(s) are intended to prepare students for.  These occupation profiles include the following information:  SOC Code and title (if defined); basic work description; salary range in Los Angeles area; job outlook in Los Angeles area; eligibility requirements; all competencies defined using the competency model framework (tiers 1 – 9); certifications and licensures (required, desirable, recognized); and related occupations and job outlook in Los Angeles area and in California.  The following is an example of a profile for the weatherization installer occupation.

  • Click here to see LATTC-Compiled Weatherization Installer Profile

Curriculum and Instructional Materials

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Program Design – General and for Special, Targeted Populations

 

Green Program Design Slide Show

The Regional Economic Development Institute, within the Division of Economic and Workforce Development at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, utilizes a very specific methodology for developing new education and training programs.  This methodology includes “prep” programs and/or academies, bridge programs, and stackable certificates and degrees.  This document provides slides which depict the program design methodology utilized by the college in developing its green education and training programs.

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Stackable Certificates and Degree Pathways

As part of its program design methodology, the college has developed several education and training pathways for green occupations and careers.   These pathways are a compilation of “stackable” certificates that culminate in AA/AS degrees.   Below is a document that provides an overview of how the stackable certificate and degree programs are designed and two examples in the energy industry’s renewable energy and energy efficiency career pathways.

LATTC Stackable Certificates and Degrees Overview

Renewable Energy Technician AS Degree Education Pathway

Renewable Energy Generation Transmission Distribution AS Degree Education Pathway

Energy Efficiency Career and Training Education Pathways

The following document depicts a typical energy efficiency career pathway and the accompanying training and education pathways at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College that prepares individuals to enter and progress up the career pathway.

  • Click here to see WED Energy Efficiency Career and Training Education Pathways

Green Program Designed for Special, Disadvantaged Populations

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College prides itself on developing programs that are specifically targeted at preparing special, disadvantaged populations for green careers.  These populations include at-risk, under-served and/or disconnected youth; un-employed, under-employed, and/or dislocated adult workers; women in non-traditional occupations; formerly incarcerated individuals; and persons living in poverty.  One of the primary aims of the college’s green workforce development efforts is to ensure populations that have been historically disadvantaged or “left behind” in emerging economies (e.g., people of color, people living in poverty, disconnected youth, etc.) are this time at forefront and prepared to obtain the most promising occupations and careers in the green economy.  The following are program flyers and informational brochures for a sampling of these targeted programs.

Accelerated Diesel Mechanic Program- including alternative fuel technology

Female Lineworker Program

SAVE LA – Students Ambassadors Valuing the Environment, Los Angeles

Green K12 Programs

One of the primary functional areas of the Workforce and Economic Development Division is that of creating K20 Pathways (Bridges to Success Programs).  The aim of the K20 pathways programs is to improve academic outcomes for students at low performing public schools through the development of K-20 contextualized career-technical and professional education programs and pathways that lead to two- and four-year degrees.  This aim is also achieved through green programs of study (e.g., pathways) and other K12 green programs at the college.

K12 Multiple Pathway/Programs of Study  –  Emphasis in Sustainable Architecture Example

This document is a sample of a K12/Community College green program of study.  Students successfully completing the program would meet high school graduation requirements; obtain postsecondary credits that lead to a career-technical certificate and/or AA/AS degree; and complete community college; transferrable CSU/UC general education courses.  Students would have the full complement of courses to be able to complete an AA/AS degree with simultaneously earning their high school diploma.

K12 Science Academy with Emphasis in Sustainability

In summer 2010, 225 high school students from over 20 local high schools participated in our Bridges to Success five-week Science Technology Academy funded by the US Department of Education’s STEM Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Grant.  All students were exposed to innovative, project-based instructional strategies in science and technology programs at Trade-Tech.  In addition to the application of science, math and technology, students had the opportunity to learn about “Green Initiatives” through their class projects and activities including:  students in Architecture learned about architecture designs that help to conserve energy along with Eco-friendly development; students in Welding Technology learned how to build go karts with one being solar powered and another bio-diesel powered; students created informational websites to educate their peers about water conservation and what they are able to do in order to help; and students created an informational website to educate their peers about the impact of discs (CDs, DVDs, etc.) on our environment along with information about what they can do to help minimize the impact.

 

 

Green Grants

 

LATTC Active, Green-Related Grants and Partners

The Workforce and Economic Development Division actively seeks and acquires grant and contract funding to develop and implement many of its green education and training programs.  This is particularly true for those programs targeting disadvantaged populations.  In 2009-10 alone, the college served either as the lead agency or partnered with other organizations to implement over $40 million in green grants–many are funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).  Here are a few examples:  $1 million California Department of Energy Clean Energy grant; $725,976 US Department of Energy grant to establish the Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training Center at LATTC; $4 Million, Department of Labor Pathways Out of Poverty grant – in partnership the Los Angeles Community College District; $4.99 Million US Department of Labor Grant – in partnership with the Utility Workers Union of America; $24 Million National Science Foundation grant to Establish Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at UC Berkeley – in partnership with UC Berkeley (lead agency), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Contra Costa College, and Tuskegee University.  The following document provides a brief synopsis of many of the active, green-related grants at the college.

  • Click here to see Green Grants and Partners (updated: August 2010)