Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > By DEPARTMENTS > Green Business and Human Resources > Employment in Green Companies and Organizations > Green Jobs and Green Job Training

Cooperatives to Create Jobs around Education

Job creation not only helps individual families, but helps communities thrive -- schools, local businesses and social support systems can work together to provide shared benefits.

Find green business solutions
During the last recession in 2004, Wisconsin communities took a look at disappearing manufacturing jobs and rather than chasing those few out-of-town businesses looking for a new home, a local agency joined with several local entities, large and small, to build a community partnership that led to an award-winning cooperative home-building program.

The cooperative is an area partnership of schools, government and local businesses with education playing a central role.

The group mapped out several tasks: build a strong community council focusing on job development: pool limited capital to better support the plan.

Because schools are a resource for community education and the place where potential employees can be trained, they had a strong place at the table.

Cooperative job development requires systematic planning and monitoring of processes. Keeping our high-achieving students at home or providing reasons for them to return after college or military commitments becomes central to building a viable community. Without a plan for accomplishing this, distressed school areas lose their most important resource for their survival — the children of returning students.

Members of the Job Creation Cooperative

Information gatherers carried out surveys for data about local jobs, available resources, potential levels of participation, parent and community concerns and potential partners to be addressed in the initial stages of the plan.

County economic development professionals provided access to federal, state, regional and local resources, including the borrowing needed to build the houses.

Small and large employers bought into our plan.

Local school boards joined in the partnership, which ensured we would have a wide array of student and family participants as well as local buy-in to the curriculum. Participation of local government officials ensured it was politically viable.

A management team, determined roles and responsibilities, devised cooperative activities and evaluated each step in the process.

Checkpoints for Cooperative Development

Checkpoints included inviting all stakeholders to a meeting early in the process to identify possible issues before they became insolvable.

Making contact with statewide business groups provides legitimacy on what for a community could be a novel concept. It can also result in equipment donations from statewide companies.

Keep all parties in the communication loop through electronic mail and newsletters.

Outcomes of Cooperative Job Creation

Cooperative planning for workers, capital and customers raises community awareness and expectations.

Facilitating economic growth keeps good students at home or brings them back to the community to provide a solid base of strong families.

Cooperative systems also provide an attractive milieu for new development and provide resources in our rural communities for growth.


This cooperative outline was based on the story of Robert Kellogg, administrator of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 8, P.O. Box 320, Gillett, WI 54124. E-mail:

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| jobs | create jobs | education |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe

Related Articles

Business Training from Lorman Education

Crowdsourcing Is the New Source for Jobs -- and Creative Self-employment

Solutions for Today's Agri Education

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here


We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |