Leeward Job Fair Highlights Clean Energy Sector | Business
Hawaii Energy, the conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, has teamed up with Leeward Community College (Leeward CC) and University of Hawaii West Oahu for the 10th Annual Leeward Career, College and Job Fair taking place April 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Pearl City campus. Through Hawaii Energy’s sponsorship, this year’s event will focus on “Clean Energy Connections,” which are clean energy career and training opportunities for attendees and participants. As part of its sponsorship, Hawaii Energy is encouraging residents and employers from all sectors to mark their calendars and participate in the event.
The job fair will provide a venue for employers and career programs to distribute information while also giving attendees the opportunity to explore and ask questions in a welcoming environment. Event organizers are anticipating participation from more than 70 employers and 30 college programs, and attendance of nearly 2,000 job seekers. The purpose of the job fair is to provide access to college programs and employment opportunities from local businesses for both students and the general public.
“Conservation and efficiency are no longer just buzzwords reserved for environmentalists, they are now a growing part of business vernacular,” stated Hawaii Energy Transformational Outreach Specialist Malama Minn. “The individuals and businesses that will play a critical role in shaping our future are those that understand conservation and efficiency. I applaud the University of Hawaii System for taking a leadership role in bringing employers and employees together under this theme, because they are providing those that participate in the job fair with a definite advantage in the marketplace.”
The clean energy sector in Hawaii, which conservation and efficiency are a major component of, is a major growth area. To put this into perspective, the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Hawaii Green Jobs Initiative identifies 11,145 current positions related to the clean energy sector and projects a 26 percent increase in 2012. With this, Hawaii ranks third in the nation in clean energy job growth.
“As we celebrate our 10th year, we are keeping an eye on the future, and that future is clean energy,” stated Sandy Hoshino, Job Prep Coordinator at Leeward Community College. “We envision a day when a majority of the jobs in Hawaii, no matter the task, will be influenced by the conscious use and conservation of energy in some form or fashion. That’s why, for the first time ever, we are partnering with Hawaii Energy to help employers and employees make that clean energy connection.”
To capture a majority of these and other upcoming job opportunities locally, Hawaii residents should plan on attending the 10th Annual Career, College and Job Fair. For more information regarding the job fair, residents and employers are encouraged to visit www.leeward.hawaii.edu/jobs-events.
About Hawaii Energy
Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by SAIC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment. In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. The program plays an important role in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing total electric energy usage by 30 percent or 4.3 billion kWh by 2030. For more information, visit HawaiiEnergy.com.
About Leeward Community College
As one of the seven community colleges in the University of Hawaii system, Leeward Community College provides access to higher education and plays an important role in workforce development in Leeward and Central O‘ahu. The College focuses on students, teaching, learning, and responsiveness to community needs. With courses in more than 100 subject areas, Leeward CC offers a comprehensive curriculum for immediate entry into the workforce or for transfer towards a baccalaureate degree. Leeward Community College, with diverse student population and experienced and caring faculty, has provided access, affordability, and a high quality education to the people of Hawaii since 1968.