Wor-Wic Offers New Environmental Science Programs this Fall
July 19, 2010

Pending approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Wor-Wic Community College is planning to offer new programs in environmental science this fall.

Environmental energy technology program options include a certificate of proficiency and an associate of applied science degree. This program is designed for students interested in becoming technicians in energy-related jobs, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Students will learn about alternative energy production equipment, including wind, solar and geothermal. Students will also acquire technology-based skills to aid in the planning and construction of efficient buildings and facilities using sustainable green building and development practices. The program will also cover the design, manufacturing, installation, operation and repair of energy-related storage, production and distribution facilities, as well as the production of materials in an energy-efficient manner.

“Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset career and technology centers offer courses related to sustainability, technology and environmental energy,” said Donald C. Nicholson, technology department head and associate professor of manufacturing at Wor-Wic. “This program will allow local high school students to continue their education and provide them with credentials needed for employment.”

Workers trained in these professions are employed in the construction, manufacturing, automotive, medical, civilian and military sectors. Students can also transfer their credits to a four-year university and apply them to a bachelor’s degree.

The associate of science environmental science transfer degree program is designed for students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution to major in environmental science.

This program is designed to help students learn about basic scientific principles to support environmental work in science and technology. Students will also learn about environmental regulations and how businesses are impacted, environmental monitoring, investigations and remedial actions at hazardous waste sites, as well as analysis and decision making.

“The unique natural environments on the Eastern Shore are impacted by the pressures associated with urban development, industry, agriculture, commercial fisheries and the gentrification of rural areas,” said Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic. “This region is the perfect incubator for devising solutions to many environmental problems and providing broad-based training for professionals who will implement these solutions.”

New courses in geographic information systems, green careers, solar and renewable energy and wind turbine technology are being added to make these new curricula possible.