CCV launches new science program

MIDDLEBURY-The Community College of Vermont is launching a new associate of science degree in environmental science and a certificate in sustainable buildings beginning this fall.

The environmental science program offers three tracks in which students may concentrate their studies: environmental literacy and education, sustainable building technology, and natural resources. Students will gain an understanding of environmental problems and obtain the knowledge and skills to begin developing solutions. Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in areas related to the environment or for transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning.

The College is holding free information sessions for anyone interested in this growing field. Sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 23, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the CCV-Montpelier site; Thursday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at CCV-Burlington; and on Wednesday, April 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at CCV-Rutland.

Information will also be available on CCV's Assessment of Prior Learning course in which students can earn college credit for knowledge gained in the workplace, the military or other experience. These credits can help students get a jump-start towards a CCV associate degree. Those who cannot attend a session may call the CCV Middlebury office at 388-3032 for further information.

In the process of developing the environmental science degree program, Coordinator of Allied Health Programs Darlene Murphy surveyed employers throughout the environmental industry in Vermont and convened a panel of environmental experts who provided insightful feedback into the curriculum. In the planning process, Murphy also worked with faculty from four-year institutions in Vermont to assure transferability of courses into baccalaureate programs.

For more information on the Community College of Vermont, visit www.ccv.edu, or call the CCV Middlebury office at 388-3032.

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