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South Seattle Community College Green & Sustainable Training Programs

South Seattle Community College – in partnership with business, labor, economic development agencies and community-based organizations– has launched a multi-tiered approach to prepare students to enter into the energy and utility careers, green building industry and conservation, and weatherization fields. South is also updating curriculum in existing programs to incorporate sustainable practices across the campus community and throughout its facilities and operations.

Instructional Programs
The following summarizes progress to date on new training programs at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle Community College:

  • Energy Audit Courses and Certification – This course with classroom instruction and hands-on work in the field prepares students for national certification (Building Performance Institute and Energy Star). The nine-credit course covers conservation measures and analysis techniques, conservation technologies, indoor air quality, energy auditing software and reporting, and the effects of improvements on total building performance. Expanding the energy auditing program into commercial and multi-family applications is underway. Funding a lab for hands-on training is critical for this program.
  • GE-NEW Pre-Apprenticeship Program – In partnership with King County and the Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW) program, South piloted a green energy program aimed at low-income youth to improve their math, physical and electrical theory and applications in preparing the students to enter into the energy utility, green building and electrical green jobs field. A year-round program is underway on a small scale. The need is to expand this successful pilot. King County Housing Authority is in the process of hiring several graduates from GE-NEW to be Tier I auditors.
  • Conservation and Weatherization Program – In partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, South is beginning to outline both the market and skill needs for residential and commercial workforce for energy conservation jobs. Several needs are identified, including mapping potential career ladders for low-income youth to enter this field, developing curriculum and purchasing materials and equipment for this training program.
  • Building Sustainability Managers – In partnership with the Seattle/King County Workforce Development Council and the Clean Technology Skills Panel, South Seattle, Cascadia and Everett Community Colleges are collaborating on a coordinated regional training certificate for Building Sustainability Managers. The proposed program is based on the need to upgrade current building managers’ skills to incorporate sustainability practices required by new building designs and efficiencies, changing codes, new water, waste and energy systems and technologies and projected growth for the skills embedded in the program. Initial consultations with industry leaders and the Clean Technology Skills Panel indicate a strong need for this program.

For additional information, contact Jason Petrait, Director of Special Projects,
Or contact Victoria Hardy, Faculty Coordinator for BAS Sustainable Building Science Technology,