Tuition-free environmental technology courses are being offered at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and will qualify participants for a letter of recognition or certificate. The program is made possible through federal grant funds and will run through the fall of 2012. Anne Arundel Community College, Wor-Wic Community College and Chesapeake College are also participating in the program. The program is geared toward providing Maryland residents with skills and jobs in environmental industries and is an excellent opportunity for individuals with related experience to expand their resume. It’s also a good opportunity for students to get their feet wet in a new discipline.
Environmental workers are sometimes referred to as “green-collar” and typically work to enhance sustainability via environmentally conscious programs, policies or technology. More and more firms and organizations are in need of employees with expertise in environmental issues in order to respond to new greener regulations. According to the Chesapeake Area Consortium Institute for Environmental Careers, “green-collar” jobs include positions such as conservation movement workers, natural resources technicians, environmental consultants, environmental or biological systems engineers, ecology educators, soil and water conservation technicians, fish or wildlife management technicians, forestry technicians, surveying assistants, mapping and appraisal technicians, wastewater technicians, naturalists, etc. Strong growth is expected in this sector over the next decade.
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