Green-Focused Programs of Study Series: New Jersey Profile

Green-Focused Programs of Study Series: New Jersey Profile

Nov 2010

A Podcast with Marie Barry

Marie Barry, director of New Jersey's Office of Career and Technical Education, spoke to Catherine Imperatore of ACTE about the work done by the state and its partners--including its "green-collar advisory committee"--to develop green programs of study (POS) as part of its participation in the NRCCTE's Technical Assistance Academy, led by the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

During the interview, Barry talked about how New Jersey, a very locally controlled state, labored to develop model programs at the state level that could then be adopted at the local level. The state's focus of sustainable design, construction, and energy was arrived at through the input of its business and industry advisory partners, state employment and training commission, and secondary and postsecondary partners. Beyond the sheer amount of time needed to develop POS, a core challenge was getting all of the partners speaking the same language.