Sustainable Workforce Development Network

Building Sustainable Career Pathways

Durfee High School CTE’s Environmental Science & Tech Program

Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program

  • The Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program is designed to educate students on the expanding world of sustainable organic agriculture and technology while building practical skills.
  • Course Requirements:
    • AGR 114: Sustainable Agriculture
    • AGR 116: Water Acquisition and Conservation
    • SCI 115: Science and Care of Plants
    • SOC 206: Food, Famine, and Farming in the global village
    • AGR 122: Natural Beekeeping Practices
    • AGR 123: Entomology and Plant Disease
    • AGR 125: Specialized Crops
  • Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, graduates can pursue employment as a skilled technician in agricultural production, as a farm manager, or to develop their own agricultural enterprise. Graduates who also receive an Associate degree are eligible to join the peace corps as an international agriculture development engineer.

Career Options

Farm Manager

  • Responsibilities: Farm Managers make planting and harvesting decisions, manage the farm budget, operate large farm equipment, oversee the sale of crops and inspect facilities for safety violations.
  • Average Salary: $68,090 – range from $45,000 to $130,760

Agriculture Extension Agent

  • Responsibilities: Agriculture Extension Agents actively work with local, regional and state teams to provide the latest industry information to farmers, ranchers, community groups and youth groups.
  • Average Salary: $60,000
    • Agriculture Extension Agent salaries in Massachusetts range from $41,000 to $129,000

Alternative Careers in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Product Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Agripreneur (Agriculture Entrepreneur)
  • Agriculture consultant

Clean Water Certificate

Solar Energy Career Pathways

    • The Solar Energy Certificate Program is designed to help individuals understand the design requirements, installation guidelines, materials and resource of green energy systems! Students will be trained in energy assessment, auditing and efficiency as preparation to work in entry-level positions in solar energy related fields
    • Course Requirements:
      • EGR 102: Introduction to Sustainable and Green Technologies
      • EGR 131: Introduction to Electrical Circuits
      • EGR 183: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Measures
      • EGR 284: Solar Power
    • Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam

      Bristol Community College’s Solar Energy Certificate Program

Small Business and Entrepreneurial Management

A. Program Goals Statement: This certificate prepares students to start and operate a small business. The Program introduces students to management, marketing, accounting, and finance, essential areas of business development. All courses can be transferred to the degree program in Business Administration

B. Program Courses:
1. ACC 101: Principles of Accounting 1
2. ACC 114: Introduction to Quickbooks Pro
3. BUS 112: Personal Finance Planning
4. CIS 111: Introduction to Business Information Systems
5. ENG 101: Composition 1: College Writing
6. MAN 101: Principles of Management
7. MAN 152: Purchasing
8. MAN 154: Small Business Management
9. MAR 101: Principles of Marketing
10. MAR 114: Sales Principles

C. Average Salary:
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Offshore Wind Power Technology Certificate

Offshore Wind Power Technology Certificate Program:

  • The Offshore Wind Power Technology Certificate Program is designed to prepare prospective technicians and skilled workers for the offshore wind industry. Participants will learn topics in electrical machinery, fluid systems, operation and maintenance and offshore safety and survival. The course will include hands-on experience with assembly, installation and maintenance of wind power systems.
  • Course Requirements:
    • EGR 151: Electrical machinery
    • EGR 171: Fluid Systems
    • EGR 282: Wind Power Technology
    • EGR 283: Wind Power Operations and Maintenance
    • ENG 101: Composition 1: College Writing
    • MTH 152: College Algebra
    • SCI 112: Principals of Ecology
    • EGR 281: Offshore safety and survival
  • Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, graduates will be prepared to take their Global Wind Organization (GWO) certification exam and work as a certified technician for an offshore wind farm or enhance their skills/qualification by enrolling in the Associate in Sciences Program at BCC.

STEM Activities

Career Options

Offshore Wind Technician:

  • Responsibilities: Offshore Wind Technicians are required to oversee the operation, assembly and maintenance of all Wind Turbines. Technicians must understand the different types of turbines and possess the skills to install and maintain the effectiveness of all turbines.
  • Average Salary: $54,331
    • Offshore Wind Technician Salaries in the United States typically range from $41,000 to $130,000 (The 75th percentile of workers ranges from $89,500 and up)

Alternative Careers in Sustainable Agriculture

Career Options

  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Product Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Offshore Wind Engineer
  • Offshore Wind Consultant

Green Building Technology Certificate

A. Program Goals Statement: This certificate introduces students to the construction profession and provides them with the applied technical skills necessary for employment as construction technicians or to direct a construction project. Students learn the process of constructing a green building from the ground up, develop an in-depth working knowledge of energy efficiency, conservation and construction estimating techniques, and gain practical experience in preparing working drawings for building construction.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to complete the LEED Green Associate certification, which denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. Due to the greater use of CAD equipment by architects and engineers, as well as drafters, students also develop drafting techniques using
computer-aided design and drafting software, including AutoCAD.

B. Program courses:
1. CAD 101: Computer Aided Drafting
2. CAD 102: Architectural Drawing
3. EGR 123: Green Building Practices
4. EGR 125: Construction Estimating
5. EGR 183: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Measures
6. ENG 101: Composition Writing
7. MTH 152: College Algebra

C. Average Salaries:
1. Green Building Salary: $64,591