Conserving and managing the environment is a real growth career field for the new millennium. Environmental careers are on the brink of great expansion in the United States and around the world, as new technologies and focused policies will help people solve old problems and tackle new ones.
The ZB Library offers an abundance of educational and career opportunities among its expansive e-resources collection, including apps with detailed information on green careers and testing, certification and education guides to enter the green economy. Of course the library also offers books on green jobs and careers in its print collections.
The College of Lake County also offers educational and certification programs to break into the green jobs industry. The cover story in the latest CLC AlumNews issue reports that the college’s environmental health and safety certificate program is designed to meet a growing need for biological and environmental technicians, especially in water resources and water quality industries.
CLC is one of 17 partner community colleges receiving $19.37 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop green career training programs. It’s part of a consortium of community colleges called the Illinois Green Economy Network that provides green career programs to prepare graduates for green jobs in technology and sustainable agriculture.
In addition to the certificate program, CLC offers two transfer degree programs in sustainability: one focused on science and technical aspects, and the other on policy and social aspects.
Since they pay taxes to community college, all residents of Lake County can get a CLC Library card and have access to its public collections.
To find a job, seek career opportunities, change careers or further your formal education, a good first step is to check out what’s at the ZB Library.