San Diego State University’s Green Industry Certificate Programs Help Lead to Jobs in Growing Industry

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.

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies is now offering four green-related professional certificate programs exclusively online, including its new Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability program.

According to the Huffington Post, three of the top growing industries in America include solar power, wind power, and environmental consulting.

San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies has jumped to the forefront of the green industry by offering four green-related professional certificates exclusively online, including its new Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability program.

“This area is going to grow. Offering this type of certificate is going to be very important to our job market,” said Mayor Ron Morrison of National City, who sits on several local water authority associations.

The certificate program’s target audience includes professionals wanting to get into a new, fast-growing career, energy managers and assistants, architects, landscape consultants, construction workers and builders, wastewater and recycling water administrators, operations workers, and maintenance workers. Also, city regulators, city planners, organic farming and agriculture employees, recycling organizations, landscapers, consultants, planners and commissioners, and anyone interested in developing best practices in water and conservation.

There is also the convenience factor: Since these courses are all online, students may take them 24/7 wherever they have computer access.

The next course in the water management and landscape sustainability program at SDSU is Sustainable Landscape Practices, which takes place Aug. 6-Oct. 7. Topics include composting, irrigation, water harvesting, water wise plants, eating and growing local produce, recycling, xeriscaping, and moving away from a consumptive, non-sustainable lifestyle when choosing materials and tools.    

“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, senior program development director 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.”

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies also offers green-related online certificate programs in Green Building Construction, Green Energy Management, and Residential and Commercial Sustainable Practices.

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.

The College is an approved provider for education-to-career funding through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits.

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