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New Green Pathways Dual Credit Agreement

Burlington County College (BCC) has formed a “Green Pathways Dual Credit Agreement” with Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) to meet the demand for the college’s growing green degree programs and the need for skilled workers in this industry.

Under the agreement, MCVTS students who enroll in “Principles of Sustainability” in fall 2014 at their high school will have the opportunity to earn dual credit for BCC’s “SST 100 Principles of Sustainability,” which is a required course in BCC’s alternative energy technologies, energy management and sustainability associate degree programs.

“This agreement gives high school students a great head start toward sustainability degrees and green jobs,” BCC Provost Dr. David Spang said.

“MCVTS has been a key partner in the development of the Green Technology Program of Study curriculum in collaboration with several other county career and technical high schools, post-secondary institutions and industry partners throughout the state,” said Dr. Todd Bonsall, MCVTS Director of Career and Technical Education. “Dual credit opportunities such as this agreement are instrumental in assisting students with their transition to higher education – especially for those highly focused students that have already determined their career aspirations.”

The dual credit course is offered for a $150 tuition fee. MCVTS students must receive a grade of C or better in their high school course to receive three college credits from BCC.

“This is the first green degree dual credit agreement,” BCC Director of School and Community Partnerships Dr. James Kerfoot said. “This agreement speaks to the strength of BCC’s reputation throughout the state and our high-quality and innovative green degree programs.”

The program relies on a partnership with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, which is providing professional training to high school teachers who want to learn how to implement introductory sustainability courses in their schools. The arrangement is expected to establish a model to maximize opportunities for high school students across the state. Through the Green Pathways program, high schools offering an appropriate sustainability course will be able to establish dual credit agreements with either, or both, BCC and Stockton.  

“Stockton College’s Associate Professor of Sustainability, Patrick Hossay is currently providing the professional development training to several high school teachers,” said Dr. Robert Brzozowski, Academic Coordinator, BCC Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy. “About eight schools have had teachers undergo the training so we are anticipating even more Green Pathways Dual Credit Agreements.”  

BCC is the first two-year college in the tri-county area to offer comprehensive green associate degree programs. With support from a NASA grant, BCC created the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy and is now offering four green associate degree programs – Sustainability Policy & Management, Sustainable Energy Studies, Alternative Energy Technologies and Energy Management – and two new academic certificates – Building Energy Management and Alternative Energy Technologies.

“The certificates are ideal for students who want to enter the green workforce or advance their career,” Dr. Brzozowski said. “Students who decide to continue with further study may readily transfer program credits to corresponding associate degree programs at BCC.”

For more information on BCC’s green degree programs, please visit www.bcc.edu/green. MCVTS students who want to enroll in the Green Pathways Dual Credit program should contact their guidance counselor and/or Green Program of Study instructor.