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DACC hopes to turn greener: School to develop new curriculum

Tuesday, December 27, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristina Moy
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By Carol Roehm,  Commercial News

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will become "greener” in the next few years, with the college becoming more energy efficient and developing a green jobs curriculum.

DACC learned last month it will share a three-year $19.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative and the Illinois Green Economy Network.

On Tuesday, the DACC board approved entering into an intergovernmental agreement that establishes the Illinois Green Economy Network and approved participating in energy-efficiency group-purchasing projects with IGEN.

 IGEN is a partnership of all 39 Illinois community college districts and 48 campuses. IGEN works with businesses and local communities to grow Illinois’ green economy and provide new employment opportunities and healthy communities for all.

The federal grant funds will be distributed among the 17 IGEN hub colleges, including DACC, which will work cooperatively to develop certificates and degrees for green economy workforce training.

"It all evolves around dislocated workers and training them for green jobs,” said Bruce Rape, DACC’s Dean of Business and Technology, in describing IGEN.

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