To Build a Pipeline of Workers for the Economy of the Future, High School Students Need CTE Training in Green Jobs. Federal Funding Can Help.
To build a more environmentally conscious future, lawmakers have passed legislation at the federal and state levels to create green jobs in industries such as agriculture, construction, environmental management, and transportation. In this op-ed, network member Rachel Rosen, a senior associate and co-director of MDRC’s Center for Effective Career and Technical Education (CTE), calls for increased investment in high school CTE programs to build a pipeline of skilled labor for a range of green jobs. As current federal investments in job training focus mostly on adults, Rosen urges policymakers to apply lessons learned from a robust body of evidence about successful high school CTE to create career pathways for the green economy of the future.