About the Green Corridor’s Green Energy & Technology (“GET”) Academies

About the EBGC Green Energy and Technology Academies

The mission of Green Energy and Technology (GET) Academies is to foster the innovation and development of clean technologies, address workforce needs for high growth, high demand job training in California and create a consortium of public and private organizations to promote clean energy, high wage jobs, that reduce environmental impacts.  We achieve our mission by applying the Linked Learning approach by which California's students can graduate high school, complete postsecondary education, attain industry-recognized credentials. 

GET Academies help to prepare young people for college and career in the clean energy economy through:

  •  Building and leading a coalition of partners that are transforming how East Bay Area high schools prepare young people for college and careers;
  • Featuring integrated green curriculum units based on industry themes, methods of instruction, and school organization leading to the development of new pathways, post-secondary and career success;
  • Providing new certification opportunities that lead to employment in high quality, well paying jobs in advanced manufacturing and clean technology such as Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) High School Energy Certification;
  • Working with our partners ConnectED and the California Academy Support Network to provide technical assistance to support local schools or districts that want to adopt a multiple pathway/Linked Learning approach.
  • Building a regional coalition to promote groundbreaking California state policy in support of green career pathways and green economic stimulation that could serve as a national model.

Services:

  1. Green Corridor Teacher Institute
    The East Bay Green Network is a collaboration between the East Bay Green Corridor, Alameda County Office of Education, Career Academy Support Network (CASN), ConnectEd and The Center for Sustainable Cities and Schools. The EBGN Institute for Teachers is a one-day professional development workshop designed to transform teaching and learning around the following core areas: Green Tech manufacturing, clean energy, environmental design,and STEM education.  Teachers from the EBGC will live, learn, and grow together to develop and refine their interdisciplinary sustainability curriculum using ConnectED's award-winning Linked Learning methodology, that guides teachers through a integrated curricular process that engages green tech manufacturers and other eco-friendly businesses to help students graduate with real world skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed in the 21st century global economy and in the emerging renewable energy field.
  2. Green Career Exploration Fair
    The 1st Annual Green Career Exploration Fair took place on March 19, 2010 at Berkeley High School.  This was an exciting opportunity for business and industry partners to reach over 300 East Bay high school students to display their business to future employees, customers, and advocates.  During the Career Exploration Fair, we had the pleasure of hosting Emily Kirsch, from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs. Global Warming.
    The 2nd Annual Green Career Exploration Fair took place on April  15, 2011 at Laney Community College.  This year we reached over 500 East Bay High School students.  We also had the pleasure of hosting Allison Cook from the Story of Stuff and performances from Youth Speaks.

Conveners

The Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED)

The Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) is a research, community building, and advocacy organization that addresses the interconnected challenges of environmental sustainability, educational achievement, and workforce development.  As leaders in integrating youth development, workforce development, STEM education, and clean technology, our mission is three-fold: 1) To create the next generation of climate scientists and energy innovators; 2) To connect renewable energy and technology to stakeholders in low-income communities, community-based organizations, policy, and public systems; and 3) To develop equitable approaches to building healthy communities that promote achievement and improve livelihoods through youth participatory action research, culturally responsive pedagogy, college and career pathways, multi-media and technological tools.

Overall, our vision is to create sustainable cities and schools so that people do not have to leave their communities in order to live, learn, work, and thrive.

Contacts

Antwi Akom, EBGC Co-Chair Director of Education, EBGC, Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd, Suite 777, Daly City, CA 94014, Akom@sfsu.edu


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