State Should Invest in Pipeline for Green Jobs

Commentary by Rachel Rosen

Times Union

More than 150,000 people across New York are employed in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. But the long-term demand for skilled workers in green energy will be hard to meet.....

.....Fortunately, New York has already invested millions in an innovative school-to-career high school model. New York is home to 48 Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools, or P-TECH schools.

P-TECH schools provide specialized education and career training pathways for students where they simultaneously earn their high school diploma and an applied associate’s degree from a partner community college, as well as gain rich career-related learning experiences. A study by MDRC, a nonprofit education and social research organization, has found that the New York City P-TECH students, most of whom are from low-income communities of color, earn more high school credits, pass the state Regents exams more often and with higher scores, and earn more college credits while in high school compared with students who attend other high schools.....

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