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Green Certificates for a Growing Industry

The College of Extended Studies offers courses for certificates in the green industry.
By Steve Dolan

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies is offering four unique online sustainability certificate programs during the spring semester in the growing green industry arena, including the new Greentech Enhanced certificate program.

“Certificates help set you apart and give you the tools to be competitive in the interview process, and subsequently make your company more competitive in any bid they put out,” said Captain James C. Goudreau, director of the Navy Energy Coordination office in Washington, D.C.

Goudreau was keynote speaker at the recent SDSU Extended Studies veterans sustainability event “Discover Green Careers, Entrepreneurship, & New Trends.”

The event emphasized the importance of an industry that is expected to grow to about $100 billion this year (10 times as much as eight years ago), according to McGraw-Hill Construction's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report.

The growing green industry

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that the green industry includes 3.1 million jobs in America. This report added that manufacturing jobs in the green economy account for nearly 500,000 jobs, “the most among any private sector industry,” according to the bureau.

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 reported that California had the highest amount of green jobs with 338,400.

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, Greentech Enhanced, and Water Management and Landscape Sustainability.

Finding careers

Each of these certificate programs have led to numerous students landing a job within the green industry. Kathleen Armstrong completed the Green Energy Management certificate program and is now a program coordinator at Conservation Services Group, one of the most respected energy efficiency and conservation companies in the U.S.

“I really feel the combination of being in SDSU’s Green Energy Management program, networking with other energy professionals within the program, and hands-on guidance from my instructor, Liz De Souza, helped position me to succeed,” Armstrong said.

“I feel very lucky in so many ways because SDSU has been wonderful and to segue from an exciting curriculum to working for a mission-driven organization through my classes has been a dream come true.”

Veterans benefits

The College is an approved provider for “education to career” funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information concerning the military benefits, e-mail Robert Turner or call 619 594-3047.

More information

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.