Education Goes Green to Meet Demand

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Careers in green industries and clean energy are growing two and a half times faster than the overall job market. So with everything green suddenly red hot, training and education for eco-friendly jobs couldn”t be more important.

Here in Gwinnett, students, businesses and residents are turning to Gwinnett Technical College as the source for green curriculum offerings. By combining advanced science with hands-on training in the latest technologies, Gwinnett Tech”s bioscience, horticulture, automotive technology, construction and other programs are preparing students for careers in many of today”s fastest growing green specialties.

“Education is key. We”re a leader in workforce education. We”re able to deliver both the theoretical know-how and the technical skills,” explains Gail Edwards, director of industrial training at Gwinnett Tech.

The influence and importance of sustainability and energy conservation has influenced course offerings at the technical college across the board – for students earning college credit and for working professionals who enroll in the college”s Continuing Education Division to advance their training in green industries.

Visitors don”t have to look far on campus to see eco-education at work. Gwinnett Tech Automotive Technology students train on hybrid engines and vehicles to understand alternate fuels sources. In the Environmental Horticulture program, sustainable landscaping rules the day and specialties like urban forestry are fast emerging. Interior design students work daily with green and sustainable materials to meet the growing consumer interest in environmental design. Green building practices are a top priority in both the Residential and Commercial Construction programs, where reducing energy costs and consumption are vital.

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