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The University of Hawai'i Community Colleges system is a leader in green jobs training and among the first to embrace green-collar job training with certification in industry-specific sectors, such as information technology. The Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training (PCATT), a consortium of the UH Community Colleges, has developed a Smart Grid curriculum to train future information technology workers to manage Smart Grids, a future electrical system that could potentially reduce the energy use in the U.S. by 10 to 15 percent.

The U.S. also wants to be more efficient in managing health records and documents by placing everything online. As part of the Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care, the UH community colleges offer a 6-month online, classroom and lab course program to prepare individuals to fill a high demand for electronic health records and management specialists.

UHCC has also partnered with the Workforce Development Council (WDC) to develop a "green" jobs training infrastructure under the State Energy Partnership and Job Training Grant (SESP). In consultation with industry, economic development boards, local Workforce Investment Boards and the community colleges, the WDC is funding the development of, and subsequent training in, several statewide certificate programs to train unemployed residents in the following areas:

    Renewable Energy Sector (All Campuses)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – Photovoltaic Entry level (Lead Campus: Honolulu)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – Solar Thermal (Lead Campus: Honolulu)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – Solar Installation, PV Advanced (Lead Campus: Honolulu)
  • Energy Efficient Building Construction, Retrofit
  • Green Advantage (Lead campus: Honolulu)
  • United States Green building Council LEED - Green Associate (All Campuses)
  • Intermediate Green Building Course (All Campuses)
  • Energy Efficient Assessment Services, Residential, Commercial or Industrial
  • Commercial Building Energy Management (CBEM) (Lead Campus: Maui)
  • Small Business and Residential Energy Management (SBEM) – Home Energy Survey Professional (Lead Campus: Maui)
  • American Energy Audit (RESNET) HERS Certification (Lead Campus: Maui)
  • Pervious Cement (Lead Campus: Maui)
  • Facilities Engineering Program (Lead Campus: Kaua'i)
  • Biofuels
  • Process technology (Lead Campus: Leeward)
  • Reforestation (Lead Campus: Hawai'i)
The "Lead Campuses" will develop and implement new curriculum, which will be shared among all community college campuses so that training will be available statewide. The training will also encompass job-readiness skills by the community colleges.

New Degrees in Sustainability
Maui College is now offering a bachelor's degree in sustainable science management, which prepares students for work in the green industry. The program integrates topics in energy, ecology, business and management, water and wastewater, agriculture, wastewater management, economics, policy and social science.