Community Education and Workforce Development’s role in sustainability
The Office of Community Education and Workforce Development at GCC offers more than 100 credit-free classes and workshops each semester in topics that range from pure personal enrichment to in-depth workforce training and education. The office has been involved in sustainability efforts at GCC for the better part of the last decade, offering several classes and workshops in topics like Permaculture and Sustainable Landscape Design as regular features of the College’s credit-free programming. In many cases we pilot workshops before they are developed as credit-bearing classes, and we frequently partner with academic departments at GCC, combining for-credit and credit-free students in the same Blended Learning environment. We help train the workforce in new and emerging technologies and offer brief introductions to renewable energy and sustainable practices for area homeowners and small business owners. Finally, based as we are at the GCC Downtown Center, we work in the heart of the downtown, helping to maintain the College’s place in the sustainable life of a vibrant, working downtown.