San Diego State University is the Leader in Green Certificate Program Education

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San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies continues to be a national and international leader in the green movement by educating hundreds of students through its online professional certificate programs in the green industry. The College currently offers three programs in the green industry arena, including online professional certificates in Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Commercial and Residential Sustainable Practices.

“The program was excellent and I learned a great deal. The courses were challenging and gave me a great foundation to use going forward. The professors were fantastic, and I have nothing but great things to say about them.”

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies continues to be in the forefront in green certificates to meet today’s economic “re-careering and re-greening” both locally and nationally.

The College currently offers three programs in the green industry arena, including online professional certificates in Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Commercial and Residential Sustainable Practices. Each of these programs is approved for full funding through Military Spouse, Military Tuition, and Workforce Partnership.

This is a perfect time to train for employment in the green industry since its overall job forecast is expected to continue to be on the rise. In President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, he revealed his plans for the Better Building Initiative, a program designed to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent over the next decade.

“For all of those committed to the idea that green buildings can create jobs, save energy and save money, this is a great day, and the entire green building movement is incredibly grateful for President Obama's leadership in this critical step forward for America. It is major steps like these that are necessary to address the challenges facing our environment,” said Rick Fedrizzi, the president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has become a leader in the green movement by educating hundreds of adult learners through its online professional certificate programs in the green industry. Zacharie Mondel, CEO of ggec.org (Global Green Energy Consortium), noted that SDSU was “the first college in the nation offering professional certificates in the green industry.”

“We see President Obama’s focus on green industries as an extremely important message to the country and the world. It serves as reinforcement of our commitment to continue providing certificate programs and training in this crucial sector of our economy,” said Joe Shapiro, dean of SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “When people complete our programs, they are well-prepared to help move us toward a sustainable future by joining the rapidly expanding green industry workforce.”

“The program was excellent and I learned a great deal,” said student Ken Pietrusiewicz. “The courses were challenging and gave me a great foundation to use going forward. The professors were fantastic, and I have nothing but great things to say about them.”

Just what are the possibilities within the green industry?

As an example, Southern California recently received a federal boost to its job market and its push to become greener. The federal-state initiative to advance development of environmentally appropriate renewable energy on U.S. lands in California came to fruition when the government approved the Blythe Solar Power Project. Located in Blythe, it will be the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands - covering 7,025 acres.

What does this mean to job seekers? According to the Associated Press, the $6 billion project will create around 1,100 jobs at the height of construction and around 300 permanent jobs to operate the facility when construction is completed.

Jerry Yudelson, who has written 13 books related to green energy, was the keynote speaker when SDSU’s College of Extended Studies hosted its annual green-related public event last fall. His newest book,” Dry Run” will be used in a new Water Conservation and Sustainability certificate program starting this fall.

“Green is the new normal,” Yudelson said. “It is here to stay.”

Since each of the green certificate programs are online, students have 24/7 access to the curriculum whenever and wherever they have a computer. Each of the instructors is an expert in the field who bring a wealth of real-life experiences into their courses.

For more information on the green programs offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, visit NeverStopLearning.net/green, call (619) 594-7078 or email wevers(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu.

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