San Diego State University’s Green Certificate Programs Help Students Enter Growing Industry

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San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will help students find jobs in the growing green industry by offering four online certificate programs during the fall semester in the green industry arena, a sector that includes 3.1 million jobs in America.

Creating ‘Education to Career’ programs for future jobs is wonderfully rewarding.

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies will offer four online certificate programs during the fall semester in the green industry arena, a sector that includes 3.1 million jobs in America according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This report noted that manufacturing jobs in the green economy account for nearly 500,000 jobs, “the most among any private sector industry,” according to BLS. For those concerned about the role of the federal government in the green economy, only 5% of the jobs in this sector were with the federal government.

The BLS added that California had the highest amount of green jobs with 338,400. It is followed by New York (248,500), Texas (229,700), Pennsylvania (182,000), Illinois (139,800), and Ohio (126,900).

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies continues to be both a local and national leader in creating job training and education for the green workforce with its four green-related online certificate programs. They include Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, Residential and Commercial Sustainable Practices, and Water Management and Landscape Sustainability.

All of these programs offer possible tuition assistance through Military Spouse, Military and Veteran Tuition, and Workforce Partnership Career Centers.

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 (Global Green Energy Consortium), noted that SDSU was “the first college in the nation offering professional certificates in the green industry.”

“San Diego is at the end of the water pipeline. Across the nation, the East Coast has had a hard time holding onto its abundant water supply. The West Coast is arid and has limited water resources,” said Wendy Evers, executive director of new initiatives and outreach for SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “With new areas of development including desalination, water purification plants, evolving legislation and new trends, job growth is on the rise. The new Online Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability will offer skills needed in this growing industry.”

Each of these certificate programs have led to numerous students landing a job within the green industry. As an example, John Davis completed the Professional Certificate in Green Energy Management Online program and is now the vice president of Solare Energy Inc. in San Diego.

“The San Diego State certificate program is the only program I could find that provided the toolbox to do the breadth of auditing it takes to be needed in the workplace,” Davis said. “I felt it was do-or-die at the time I took the program. When I came out on the other side, I had something to bring which was a certificate that I held and showed everybody.

“It was a real validation for me,” he concluded.

Recently, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies received an E.A.R.T.H. (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) Award from the San Diego Very Important Planet Reception and E.A.R.T.H. Awards event.

"I was very proud to have been able to accept the Earth Award from the City of San Diego for Innovative Online Green Programs on behalf of SDSU,” Evers said. “Creating ‘Education to Career’ programs for future jobs is wonderfully rewarding.”

Just what are the possibilities within the green industry?

The New York Times recently reported the following:

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, 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.

Since each of the green certificate programs offered by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies 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 bringing a wealth of real-life experiences into their courses.

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