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Instruction & Career Training

Central to Sustainable SRJC is a student-driven, energy efficiency education program that promotes careers in sustainability fields. This approach integrates academic offerings with sustainability concepts and job training, generates actual energy savings, and increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency throughout the college community. 

SRJC’s green projects that impact and enrich our instruction range from energy audits and assessments, laboratory energy competitions, intern-led and faculty-sponsored academic courses, green career fairs, and energy efficiency technology retrofits to classrooms and buildings. Green-focused students work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators to engage them in their projects, spearheading educational efforts that involve the entire community.

One of the strongest statements of Santa Rosa Junior College’s dedication to environmental protection and conservation is the relevant instructional programs developed to educate and train students about the care of the environment, including one of the finest Agriculture Programs in the state. Class offerings range from Environmental Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture, Waste Water Management and Ecology to Biology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Technology. Many SRJC students are prepared by skilled instructors to be innovators and environmental experts in the essential fields that will protect food and water resources and ensure air quality and energy efficiency.

Green Instruction & Career Training

SRJC’s history and its future are strongly tied to environmental education and sustainable operations. If you’re looking for a dynamic new career, for a change of jobs, for the foundation of a four-year degree, or for entrepreneurial opportunities, SRJC is a key to your planning.  

Green jobs, environmental opportunities, sustainable living - these topics and more are at the center of the changing economic climate in Sonoma County. At SRJC we offer training in careers for sustainability, and we live sustainability.

Imagine a career working to promote energy conservation and green building, helping community organizations improve their neighborhoods, developing and managing new recycling programs, or helping to teach children to understand and appreciate natural resources. In today’s workplace there’s an incredibly wide range of environmental jobs and careers. Spend some time researching different environmental careers on online sites, as the time you spend may make all the difference in your life!

To launch your green career or to enhance your work skills, choose from our many courses and disciplines. We have certificates for hands-on training in fields such as Sustainable Agriculture, Alternative Fuels, Water Resources, and Photovoltaic Installation. 

An environmental degree can lead to careers in a variety of fields, including environmental consulting, natural resource management and restoration, environmental education, alternative energy, public policy, environmental law, solid and hazardous waste management, and many more. College graduates find positions in the growing fields of green business, sustainable design, environmental advocacy, and government.

Certificates and Majors

For current green classes and career options, see the SRJC Schedule of Classes.

Transportation Alternatives

SRJC’s Industrial and Trade Technology Department – Alternative Fuels, Hybrid Automobiles, Electric Cars, Diesel Technology.

Green building and construction

SRJC’s Applied Technology Department – Solar Installation, Water Treatment, Geographic Information Systems, Construction Management, Computer-Aided Drafting.

Agriculture and forestry

SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department – Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture, Natural Resource Management, Watershed Management, Horticulture.

General Education and University Transfer

SRJC offers a variety of general education classes that focus on environmental topics. These classes can be taken as part of the Environmental Studies Major, for general education transfer credit, or as part of a related major such as Biology, Botany, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Philosophy, or Social Sciences. See SRJC’s Schedule of Classes.

Environmental Studies Major

Environmental Studies at SRJC is an interdisciplinary major that features classes in the Natural Sciences as well as in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Core classes in the major include: Ecology, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Philosophy, Environmental Economics and Environmental Literature. See the Environmental Studies Major page.

With the North Bay region, the state, and the world investing heavily in environmental technologies and creating so many new employment options, it’s the right time for SRJC students to pursue “green collar” skills and jobs.