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Free Environmental Literacy Training for Teachers

June 24, 2011
Education

      The Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) Institute for Environmental Careers is now offering tuition-free classes to help teachers prepare to support Maryland’s new Environmental Literacy requirement. Maryland is the first state in the nation with a high school graduation requirement that students be “environmentally literate.”

      CACHE member community colleges are Anne Arundel Community College, Chesapeake College, College of Southern Maryland and Wor-Wic Community College. Short-term summer and fall classes include:

      Environmental Science – For teachers interested in learning about issues that affect their curricula, this class embraces an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary problems of the local, national and global environment. An online course begins July 5 through the College of Southern Maryland. Fall evening sections are also available at Anne Arundel Community College, Wor-Wic Community College and the College of Southern Maryland.

      Restoration Ecology – Geared toward teachers interested in environmental activism, resource enhancement and improving the environment through engaged learning. A fall evening section is available at AACC.

      These single courses (3-4 credits) as well as Letter of Recognition (three-course sequence) and Certificate (5-10 courses) programs are available through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Now through fall 2012, tuition, books and fees for these classes and programs are free for eligible participants.

      Maryland is one of only 34 states to earn a competitive State Energy Sector Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  The grant, worth $5.8 million, encourages occupational enhancement in “green” industries by providing more than 2,000 Marylanders with environmental skills and jobs.  In addition to environmental subjects, the grant funds training in energy efficiency and renewable energy, green construction and green manufacturing.

      Expansion of a workforce possessing environmental skills is essential to meet projected growth among industries and firms supporting conservation practices in and around the Chesapeake Bay.

      For more information about the CACHE program, visit the CACHE Web site or contact Sue Gallagher, CACHE project manager, at 410-777-2124 or sgallagher5@aacc.edu. To apply for classes and grant funding, contact Samantha Stallybrass, the grant’s local “green navigator,” at 443-270-0507 or sstallybrass@aawdc.org. Call today to get into the summer session class that begins July 5. 

      Find out about other Maryland Energy Sector Partnership (MESP) green energy grant programs.