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Thursday, May 26, 2011
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Degree Can Help Students Land Jobs In San Diego’s Emerging Green Industries; Program Begins Fall 2011

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced a new Sustainable Landscape Degree Program to prepare students for jobs in San Diego’s growing green industries. The Program, approved by the State Chancellor’s Office, will be available to students beginning Fall 2011 and train students for careers in sustainable design, installation and maintenance.

“The region’s economy has demonstrated we need students trained in fields of the future – and Southwestern College is responding to that need. This new certificate can give our students the skills to step into the workforce and become leaders in emerging industries,” Denise Whittaker, Interim Superintendent/President of Southwestern College, said. “We are proud that Southwestern College can provide the necessary training for our students to meet the demands of the region.”

Students in the Program can earn an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, better preparing them for careers as a Sustainable Landscape Professional, Landscape Irrigation Auditor and Sustainable Landscape Designer. The degree will be both a stand-alone and hybrid, meaning students with a Landscape and Nursery Technology or Landscape Architecture focus can take additional courses and earn a second degree in Sustainable Landscape Practices.

“With new state and local green codes, our horticultural businesses need to do a better job of adopting sustainable design, installation and maintenance practices. Our College District’s new degree will prepare our students for that job,” Bill Homyak, Professor of Landscape and Nursery Technology and Sustainable Landscape Practices, said. “Our program can help horticultural businesses comply with the new regulations and Southwestern College stay on the leading edge of the sustainable movement.”

Today’s announcement is the latest in the College District’s continuing effort to offer cutting-edge classes and programs in sustainable industries. In March, Southwestern College announced a new Sustainable Energy Certificate of Achievement to prepare students for jobs in San Diego’s growing green building and sustainable energy industries. The Program, also approved by the State Chancellor’s Office, will be available to students beginning Fall 2011.

About Southwestern College
Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. 

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