Job market inspires environmental interest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe event brought together about 100 students, teachers, board members and experts in environment-related fields to revamp Rio Hondo’s courses to cater to job openings today, bringing what Castaneda-Calleros called an outdated program up to speed. The college chose to host the event to draw in community members rather than a simple focus group because of the fast pace of change in environmentally based professions. “The number of people retiring in these fields is growing, and the number of people replacing them is diminishing,” Rio Hondo College board President Maria Elena Martinez said. The event was sponsored by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. “ABC Eyewitness News” weatherman Danny Romero, a Rio Hondo alumnus, was master of ceremonies. Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and Rio Hondo College President Ted Martinez Jr. each delivered an address to the symposium. But most development for the new environmental science program at Rio Hondo occurred in five break-out sessions, where participants chose between five categories, including waste management and environmental health and safety. These programs were led by students and professors and included experts in each field. Castaneda-Calleros said each session included a note taker who will write a “white paper” describing the discussion from that group, to be included in a pamphlet that will be handed out to participants by February. The sessions focused not only on professional jobs where students would go on to a four-year university, but on vocational training as well. Groups discussed how training for mechanics must change for hybrid cars and how other careers will change because of environmental consciousness. Rich Brito, a first-semester student and an energy company specialist, said he is returning to school to finish a four-year degree in environmental science. Brito, 43, said the symposium could boost programs and awareness around the Los Angeles area. “There’s a lack of environmental programs throughout the junior colleges in Southern California,” Brito said. Ted Martinez said the program was a way to hear from employers about how to better prepare students for the work force. Martinez also said students would be listened to, through papers published on symposium discussions and in other ways as curriculum is reformed to concentrate on preparing students for developing industries. “Right now, they’re here, they’re listening to a discussion,” Martinez said of students. “Their awareness is increasing. We will look for ways to seek input from them as well.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Green-thinking professionals and students from a local college are looking toward the future in environmentally focused jobs. The Rio Hondo College Symposium, “Education Pathways to Green Jobs,” took place at the Pacific Palms Conference Resort in Industry on Friday morning. The symposium, the product of more than a year of planning, aimed to improve the junior college’s program for environmental education. “This is to help us identify what types of skills and training are needed for green-collar jobs,” said Russell Castaneda-Calleros, director of community relations for the college. last_img read more

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ADC Launches Initiative to Recognize Community Support for Service Members Military Families

first_imgADC and the Defense Communities Caucus are rolling out a new initiative to recognize up to 10 communities annually for providing outstanding support to service members and military families.The Great American Defense Communities program is intended to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Candidates will be selected based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation.“There perhaps is no greater champion of a defense installation than its host community,” said ADC CEO Tim Ford. “The Great American Defense Communities program will share positive stories about the exemplary efforts being made in communities to support defense installations and their personnel.”The program will use local and national press events, exhibits in Congress and the Pentagon, and recognition during ADC events to highlight the successful initiatives being employed by defense communities to support the nation’s military men and women.A panel of defense community advocates and experts will review the nominations and select up to 10 honorees as Great American Defense Communities. Winners will be announced at the ADC Installation Innovation Forum in February 2016.Nominations are due Feb. 11. Applications are available on the ADC website.“I believe the communities who support our military installations across the country deserve recognition for the important role they play,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), co-chair of the Senate Defense Communities Caucus. “In Kansas, we’re grateful to the communities that love and care for the soldiers at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, the airmen at McConnell Air Force Base and Forbes Field, and the Kansans in the National Guard and Reserve.”“America is strongest when communities and military installations work together to bolster national security while creating jobs and strengthening their states,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), a founder and current co-chair of the Senate Defense Communities Caucus. “In North Dakota, defense communities like those in Minot and Grand Forks lead the country in building public-private partnerships that support service members and their families, and help the entire community grow and thrive. The Association of Defense Communities will honor exceptional communities through this program, and I encourage defense communities in my state and beyond to pursue this distinction.”“Service members and their families are an important part of every community in the United States,” said Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), a founder and current co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus. “My district has a proud history of military service that dates back to the Spanish arrival to the Monterey Peninsula, continued through the legacy of Fort Ord and survives today with the presence of Fort Hunter Liggett, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute. These institutions help strengthen our community and I am excited to join in launching this program to honor the rest of America’s Great Defense Communities.”“Our close-knit communities around Fort Leavenworth, Forbes Field and Fort Riley deserve appreciation for the great work they do to help our troops, and their families, and I look forward to sharing their stories as part of the Great American Defense Communities program,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), a founder and current co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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