GSA Officials Visit Seattle Community College
U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator George Northcroft, accompanied by GSA regional managers, visited the Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus on Friday, May 20 to learn about sustainability training programs offered by SSCC’s Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center. GSA and SSCC leadership engaged in discussions regarding best practices on sustainable building and fleet management, and found opportunities to work together on student training and Federal employee recruiting.
The Georgetown Campus is a leader in development of innovative workforce sustainability curriculum and educates more than 2,000 trades apprentices each year. Students can prepare and retrain for jobs in the green building industry through the Building Science Career Ladder Initiative, made up of courses in residential energy auditing, weatherization, high performance buildings, and controls. Programs developed and offered in partnership with the Department of Labor and the Workforce Development Council include GreenLight/Green Manufacturing, COMBUILD and GreenLight/SODO, Inc., named a "Program to Watch" by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in the 2010 Best Practice Awards in Workforce and Economic Development.
GSA and South Seattle Community College agreed to work together in educating Seattle-area students on the technical components and workforce benefits of green-building, by collaborating on an upcoming alternative fuel vehicle workshop and the campus’s annual Green Expo in Fall 2011.