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Gretchen manning2015masccc


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Presentation at the 5th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and 4th Sustainable Campuses Conference

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Gretchen manning2015masccc

  1. 1. Community Career Pathways Gretchen E. Manning Deputy Executive Officer MA Community Colleges Executive Office Sheila Harrity Superintendent Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School       Massachusetts Sustainable Communities & Campuses Conference April 16, 2015
  2. 2. Culture of Sustainability !   Demonstrating Commitment & Modeling Values with Initiatives such as: !   Campus Gardens ü  Hands on experience for students to have for programs and training (agriculture, culinary arts, etc.) ü  Providing healthy & local food options to students and the community (food banks) ü  Interaction with business and industry !   Wind Turbines - Mt. Wachusett Community College !   Solar Panels !   Geothermal Heating Systems !   LEED & Energy Star Certified facilities !   Partnership for Collaboration & Efficiencies (PACE)  
  3. 3.       Sustainable Community College Campus Gardens
  4. 4.     Massasoit’s Community Garden is an edible garden that: ü  Provides hands-on learning & practical application ü  Demonstrates food can be grown in an urban setting (Brockton Campus) ü  Makes fruits & Veggies available to school programs such as culinary program, as well as community food banks ü  Impetus for research projects on native pollinators for students in STEM field classes.
  5. 5. Mt. Wachusett Community College’s Wind Turbines ü  Generate  100%  of  the  college’s  annual  electricity   ü  Plus  return  power  back  to  the  grid
  6. 6. •  Clean Water Technology •  Coastal Zone Management •  Energy Management •  Environmental Science Field Technician •  Environmental Science •  Environmental Studies •  Environmental Technology •  Farm & Food Systems •  Geographic Info Systems •  Global Leadership •  Green Building Technology Sustainable Degree & Certificate Programs   •  Green Energy Design & Building •  Marine Technology •  Marine Trades •  Natural Resources •  Pre-Forestry & Environmental Landscaping •  Photovoltaic Technology •  Renewable Energy/ Energy Efficiency •  Site Assessment •  Outdoor Leadership •  Natural Science Massachusetts Community Colleges offer degree and certificate programs in sustainable fields; adding new programs each year. Programs focus on growing in- demand fields, as well as regional workforce needs in the Commonwealth. Visit resources/getting-started for a sampling of degree and certificate programs and to connect to campuses and resources to advise students.
  7. 7. Sustainable Offerings – Academic / Credit Example Greenfield Community College - new Sustainable Farming Skills course (through U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Grant) AGR 118 Course Description: An Introduction to sustainable farming skills and methods. Students grow vegetable and row crops developing hands-on skills through sustainable farming methods and techniques. Topics include land use planning and crop layout, nutrient use and recycling, irrigation, composting, weed management and vegetable and row crop planting, maintenance and harvesting for sustainable agricultural systems. This course is a part of our ENGAGE (Educational Networks for Growing an Agricultural Economy) project. Our partners include six area high schools: Smith Vocational School, Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls High School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Greenfield High School, and Four Rivers Charter School. Kyle Bostrom, owner of Bostrom Farm in Greenfield, will teach the new 3-credit Introduction to Sustainable Farming Skills course. Greenfield Garden
  8. 8. Sustainable Non-Credit Certificates & Courses   Clean Energies Corporate/ Organizational Sustainability Manager Energy Conservation Energy Efficiency Energy Fundamentals Geothermal Green Energy Design & Building Green Facilities Management Green Project Management Introduction to Renewable Energy LEED Photovoltaic Technology Site Design & Energy Savings Solar Solarium & Green House Technology Sustainable Design/Green building Sustainable Energy Weatherization Wind Energy Agriculture & Farming The Community Colleges also offer a Non-Credit & Customized Training programs tailored to the industries that are vital to the Commonwealth’s regional economies.
  9. 9. Sustainable Offerings – Non-Credit Example Roxbury Community College – Solar Photovoltaic is a 13-week course providing increased interactivity, inviting experienced Guest Lecturers from various solar companies, and increasing utilization of the RCC solar laboratory for hands-on interaction with RCC’s rooftop solar panels. The last week of the course is reserved for resume writing, and discussions of various solar work environments. All resumes are deposited into the Clean Energy Internship Portal (MassCEC). Students are also introduced to Internship symposiums with: Ø  The MassCEC Clean Energy Symposium Ø  The Women in Clean Energy Ø  2015 Student Clean Energy Symposium    
  10. 10. CREATING EDUCATION & CAREER PATHWAYS Massachusetts Community Colleges collectively provide pathways to sustainable careers through statewide articulation agreements with the Commonwealth’s Vocational Technical High Schools. ü  Currently 14 Agreements where high school students can earn college course credits through completion of their vocational high school program. ü  Agreements exist in areas such as culinary arts, hospitality, manufacturing, information technology, and carpentry to name a few. ü  Additional pathways will be established in the 2015-2016 academic year. ü  Visit
  11. 11. Community Career Pathways Gretchen E. Manning Deputy Executive Officer MA Community Colleges Executive Office Sheila Harrity Superintendent Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School       Massachusetts Sustainable Communities & Campuses Conference April 16, 2015