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How suburban colleges are helping students get jobs in growing green economy

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A worker installs a solar panel on a ground-mounted display at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. Programs that train people to install and maintain solar panels, electric car chargers, wind turbines and other skilled green jobs are hard to find at suburban community colleges. But some local colleges provide students other ways to be part of the growing green economy, education experts say.

With the cost of green energy technology coming down and the appetite for switching from gas and oil-based energy growing, there now are around 9 million green jobs in the U.S. That number is set to rise to 24 million over the next 10 years, according to a recent report by the nonprofit news organization Working Nation.

Green jobs are those that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment, conserve natural resources, and involve workers making their establishments’ processes more environmentally friendly, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are a few certification programs at local community colleges that can help students get a green job.

Glen Ellyn-based College of DuPage and Elgin Community College offer a renewable energy technology certificate program and College of Lake County in Grayslake offers an alternative energy technology […]

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