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Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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Degree / Class Overview

The classes listed below are subject to change. For the most current information, see AAS degree requirements within Lane Community College’s annual catalog.

YEAR 1

FALL TERM - 19 CREDITS

This course provides a sociological perspective of topics including history and perception; water use; basic hydrology, water stressors at multiple scales; stormwater, wastewater and drinking water; water quality appropriate to use; water supply and demand management as well as emerging issues.

Recommend the ability to accurately type 30 words per minute and key 130-132 strokes per minute on an electronic calculator (or numeric keypad). Visit lanecc.edu/business/testing/keyboarding-skill-competency-recommendations for Business Department key- boarding guidelines or contact the instructor for details. This course introduces students to the use of Microsoft Excel to analyze questions found in a typical business setting. Students will create accurate, professional-looking spreadsheets and graphs. May be offered online. Note: BT 123 was formerly numbered BT 114. A student who has taken this class under the previous number may not take it again under this new number and receive duplicate credit.

Prerequisite: CS 120 and MTH 065 or higher or equivalent math placement test.

This fundamental course for all writing students introduces students to the conventions of academic writing. It emphasizes defining and developing a significant topic and using principles of clear thinking to support an assertive or argumentative thesis. Students will gain an understanding of their subject matter, audience, purpose, and point-of-view, and demonstrate that understanding through the organization and development of their essays. Students will learn how to analyze and evaluate other writers’ work to sharpen their critical abilities as readers and writers. The course also introduces students to skills in source analysis, documentation, and beginning research methods. May be offered online.

Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on Lane’s Writing Placement Test or a passing grade (Cor better) in WR 115.

The course provides an introduction to water conservation and watershed science technician fields, examining personal and global water issues. The class will define water as a critical concern of society at all levels. Students will investigate water employment opportunities using various sources.

Prerequisite: MTH 060 or above. CIS 101 is strongly recommended. Digital Earth is a computer-aided instructional introduction to geo- spatial concepts course that includes both lectures and hands- on computer labs that implement various geospatial technologies to explore fundamental concepts and theories in cultural and physical geography. Students will be introduced to spatial theory and tech- nology. Students will focus on how spatial technology is woven into our daily lives and what can be accomplished with web-based spa- tial technologies. Students will learn how technologies such as GPS, Google Earth, Multispec and I-Tree Canopy can be used to solve real- world problems and aid critical decision making.

WINTER TERM - 17 CREDITS

What is sustainability? Students discuss, measure and learn how to implement action. Topics include economic, ecologic and environ- mental literacy; history; power and privilege; basic needs of food, water and shelter; energy, transportation and development; products, purchasing, waste and recycling; governance. Features guest speakers.

This course focuses on residential water conservation and efficiency strategies. The course covers program development, water use, waste water, auditing, efficiency measures, alternative sources, and incentives as well as fixtures and appliances. Students participate in hands-on activities.

Topics include equations, function notation, polynomials, coordinate graph- ing, rational equations, radical equations, exponents, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inequalities and problem solving methods. Scientific Calculator is required. Please refer to the Calculator Recommendation Chart on lanecc.edu/math. This course provides a foundation for MTH 097, MTH 105, MTH 111, or MTH 211 or MTH 213. This course is available in a self-paced for- mat (see heading Mathematics: Self-paced format).

Prerequisite: Within the past four terms completed MTH 065, MTH 070 or equivalent course with a grade of “C-” or better or passed a placement test through the Testing Office. MTH 095 is a 5 credit course with 4 credits earned through lecture format and 1 earned through participation in the Math Resource Center’s tutoring and additional instruction. If you have taken a higher level math course than this and passed the course with a “C-” or better, you may not use this course for your degree/certificate requirements.

This transfer course emphasizes forms of writing demanded in the workplace rather than academic essays. While addressing issues like evaluation of materials and audiences, sources of information, organization and design, and visual aids, the writings include letters, informal reports, descriptions, instructions, and proposals. May be offered online.

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 121 or a passing score on the English Department’s waiver exam. Recommended: A passing grade (C- of better) in WR 122.

Students will increase their understanding of industry expectations as well as develop job search tools and skills. Students will learn and practice presenting themselves to employers in a competent and professional manner in preparation for a cooperative education internship.

Physical Education
3 credits one course required from the list of activity classes, plus two additional credits from PE 181-298. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. One credit from PE 186W and one credit from a Dance prefix accepted to meet this requirement.
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Health Education
One course from this list: EXMS 214, FN 225, HE 152, 209, 222, 240, 250, 255, 262 or 275; or HE 125, 252 (summer 1997 or later), HI 101

SPRING TERM - 17

 

This course focuses on conservation at the residential outdoor level including water use & waste; alternative water sources; efficiency measures; and landscape issues such as planning and design, irrigation systems, soils, mulch and maintenance. Theoretical work will be enhanced by hands-on outdoor learning.

Prerequisite: MTH 095 Applies economic and financial fundamentals to water issues such as, efficient allocation; utility rate structures; benefit-cost analysis; water pricing; supply and demand; policy relationships; and scarcity links to pricing. This is an introduction to performing analysis of water projects.

Interactions among humans and natural land-based systems. Top- ics include terrestrial ecology, biodiversity, agriculture, rangelands, soils, groundwater, mineral and energy resources, waste disposal, recycling, ecological economics, conservation, and sustainable pro- duction. Take ENVS 181-183 in any order.

This series of courses present the interpersonal ‘people skills’ that are important in the modern workplace. Topics and classes are varied. You must take all 3 Credits to satisfy an AAS degree but a range of Human Relations classes can be directly applied to this requirement. It is recommended students at least take some of CG203 Human Relations at Work as the content can usually be directly applied within the workplace and Energy or Water related careers.

Physical Education
3 credits one course required from the list of activity classes, plus two additional credits from PE 181-298. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. One credit from PE 186W and one credit from a Dance prefix accepted to meet this requirement.
OR
Health Education
One course from this list: EXMS 214, FN 225, HE 152, 209, 222, 240, 250, 255, 262 or 275; or HE 125, 252 (summer 1997 or later), HI 101

YEAR 2

FALL TERM - 17

Course focuses on retrofitting to increase wise water use. Emphasis of the class will be water use, waste, efficiency and auditing for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) sites. Topics include metering, sanitation, process water use, and heating and cooling systems. Concept of Industrial Ecology introduced.

Course provides an overview of water efficiency in irrigated agriculture. Topics include water use, waste, efficiency, conservation, auditing, measurement, soil moisture monitoring and irrigation, laser leveling and other emerging technologies. The class includes field trips and hands-on experiences.

Explores policy, regulation, rights and law pertaining to the Pacific Northwest bioregion. Additional topics include national and international code trends, case studies illustrating conflict management techniques and the role of economic incentives in encouraging efficient resource use.

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This internship course offers a work experience that integrates theory and practice in the field of Water Conservation. It provides opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning academic credit toward the degree.

Directed electives are classes that must be discussed with your program advisor to best match your degree, intrests and job prospects. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. Check current class schedule for which Directed Electives are offered in a given term.

WINTER TERM - 15

Prerequisite: GIS 151 or GEOG 151, or consent of the instructor. GIS 1 is the second in the series of Geographic Information Science and Technology courses. The course will build on the foundations of geo- spatial technology introduced in GIS/GEOG 151. Students will use ArcInfo software to explore cartographic principles, projections, data capture, data structures, and data analysis. Access to a current com- puter outside of class (new within last 3 years) is strongly recom- mended. If using a Mac, you will need to be able to run windows applications. Students who do not have access to a computer may be at a disadvantage.

Study communication and collaboration skills that develop effective community systainability programs.Learn techniques to overcome sustainable behavior barriers. Practice community initiatives through direct people contact, and learn how green industry practitioners encourage sustainable practices.

Prerequisite: WATR 206A This course is a continuation of WATR 206A and further develops students’ understanding of industry expectations as well as job search tools and skills. The emphasis is to provide additional skills that will help students find employment upon earning their degree.

This capstone class explores the design, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of water efficiency plans and programs. Emphasis is on creating formal water conservation plans. Students learn how to make the business case for efficiency and how wise water use supports sustainability.

This internship course offers a work experience that integrates theory and practice in the field of Water Conservation. It provides opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning academic credit toward the degree.

SPRING TERM - 18

Prerequisite: SUST 101 and WATR 101 This class examines a wide range of water uses and water issues in multiple settings and at various scales using global, regional and local case studies. Emphasis will be on the interaction between various resource uses and the effects of conservation measures.

Prerequisite: WATR 210. Course provides an overview of mechanical systems that use or re-circulate water in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Topics include: efficient use of water and energy, appropriate technology theories and practices, rules and regulations, systems analysis techniques and emerging technologies.

Students gain a working knowledge of best management practices for stormwater management with a focus on Low Impact Development strategies from constructed wetlands to swales to green roofs. Topics will include site analysis, flow management, and phyto-remediation. Labs include field trips, field work and guest lecturers.

This internship course offers a work experience that integrates theory and practice in the field of Water Conservation. It provides opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning academic credit toward the degree.

Directed electives are classes that must be discussed with your program advisor to best match your degree, intrests and job prospects. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. Check current class schedule for which Directed Electives are offered in a given term.

Note: Required Cooperative Education internships may also be taken during the summer (a maximum of 18 co-op credits).
Prerequisites are required for some courses. Up to date course descriptions are located in the Lane Community College Annual College Class Catalog.
1. Must be completed during first year.
2. Physical Education Activity/Health requirement: 3 credits total.
3. Human Relations/Social Science requirement: 3 credits total.
4. Directed electives to be arranged with program advisor.

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Fill out a simplified one page application. A high school diploma (or equivalent) and Math 70 (Basic Algebra) is all that is required for entry.

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Credit Class Schedule
Fall 2015 | Winter 2016 | Spring 2016 | Summer 2015

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