Career-Enhancing Green Industry Education Offered by San Diego State University

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San Diego State University currently offers four programs in the green industry arena; including online professional certificates in Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Residential and Commercial Sustainable Practices, along with a new certificate program in Water Conservation and Landscape.

In a field that has multiplied in the last three years according to the New York Times, San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies continues to be both a local and national leader in creating job training and education for the green workforce through its online professional certificate programs in the green industry.

The College currently offers four programs in the green industry arena; including online professional certificates in Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Residential and Commercial Sustainable Practices, along with a new certificate program in Water Conservation and Landscape. Each of these programs is approved for full funding through Military Spouse, Military and Veteran 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. The Better Building Initiative, a program designed to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent over the next decade, was revealed by President Obama earlier this year and is expected to continue the growth seen in green-related jobs.

This administration has committed to doubling U.S. renewable energy by 2012, and plans to invest $150 billion over 10 years toward the nation’s clean energy economy. Experts anticipate these initiatives will create five million new green jobs, and have made it a priority to “ensure that American workers have the skills and tools they need to pioneer the first wave of green technologies that will be in high demand throughout the world.”

In fact, the New York Times reported the following on June 24, 2011:

Suddenly, “sustainability” seems to resonate with the sex appeal of “dot com” or “start-up,” appealing to droves of ambitious young innovators. Amelia Byers, operations director for Idealist.org, a website that lists paid and unpaid opportunities for nonprofit groups and social enterprise companies — some 5,000 of which are environmental organizations — said the number of jobs related to environmental work has roughly tripled in the last three years.
SDSU’s College of Extended Studies has been a key factor in becoming 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.”

“In today’s world, anyone with a building project – whether it’s new or a remodel and not constructing it green and with low energy – will have a building that is obsolete when it is finished,” said Wendy Evers, senior director of program development, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.

Added student Ken Pietrusiewicz: “The SDSU 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.”

Just what are the possibilities within the green industry?

In one of numerous examples, Southern California has received a federal boost to its job market and its push to become greener. The Blythe Solar Power Project – located in Blythe, Calif. – is the largest solar project ever planned on U.S. public lands by covering 7,025 acres. The project’s sponsor, Solar Trust of America, expects that it will generate more than 1,000 construction jobs in the area.

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 the Water Conservation and Sustainability certificate program that starts 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 http://www.NeverStopLearning.net/green, call (619) 594-7078 or email wevers(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu.

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