High school students explore ‘green’ career options at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY — Roibín Ó hÉochaidh

Green-career academies focus on interdisciplinary curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, emphasizing experiential-learning models that apply core academic and practical skills in real-world settings connected to the green economy.

Hundreds of eco-minded local high-school students flocked to UC Berkeley Friday to explore college and career opportunities in the clean-tech economy of tomorrow as the campus hosted a green-collar workforce development fair.

The East Bay Green Corridor’s third annual Green Education and Career Exploration Fair offered high-schoolers the opportunity to learn more about the ever-growing array of educational and professional options open to them after high school from public and private sector organizations involved in shaping the green economy.

Berkeley biotech startup Amyris, Pacific Gas & Electric and AC Transit joined corporate big-hitters Bayer, Chevron and Siemens among the nearly 50 industry, education, nonprofit and government organizations represented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building.

“Elements of sustainability are slowly being integrated into all aspects of everyday life,” said environmental consultant Richard Grassetti. “Hopefully, talking to people in industry will grab students’ attention and inspire them as they think about their future careers.”

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