Career & Technical Education

Environmental Resources Programs

Environmental Resources

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Environmental Resources Programs

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    Sustainable Communities

        Natural Resources

        Power Generation

EarthPathways for growing jobs, careers and communities...

The Environmental Resources program provides students with education, hands-on training, and exploration of the relationships between people and natural systems for sustainable jobs, careers, and communities. The program is a unique collaboration of three distinct yet closely interrelated programs. Associate of Science Degrees and certificates are available in Natural Resources , Power Generation Technology, and Sustainable Communities. An understanding and application of professional and interest-based communication will be strongly emphasized. Each program has an Advisory Committee with Businesses, Resource Agencies, Non Profit Organizations and Community membership. Program Instructors are experts in their field. Other highlights include internship programs, Work Experience, community workshops and lecture series, and special career pathway opportunites for grades 7 to 12. Learn more: COS Green Career Options Presentation; Jobs and Careers. View Current Course Schedule. See Upcoming Events. Become a Fan on Facebook. Read about us in Edible Shasta Butte.

"Students enjoy learning marketable skills right away while customizing their entry point to green careers." ~ Jeff Cummings, former Dean, Career and Technical Education

natural Resources

ForrestDo you want to work outdoors in forestry, natural resources and wildlife management?

"Entry level jobs can be challenging. This program helps provide needed technical and communication skills." ~ Ric Costales, Siskiyou County Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Program Advisor

Job Skills

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of Natural Resource Management.
  2. Learn use of topographic maps, survey instruments, compass, aerial photos, GIS and GPS.
  3. Collect data for wildlife and stream surveys, timber inventories, ecosystem analysis and other resource inventories.
  4. Identify tree species and associated understory for western, coniferous forests.

Power Generation

Earth Light BulbMechanically inclined? Are you computer savy? Would you like to work in the Steam and Electrical Power Generation Industry?

"This program will provide students quality living wage employment, benefits and security in a growing industry, as well as support the industry with qualified employees that in turn support the communities in which the industries reside." ~ Robin Styers, Roseburg Forest Products Steam Plant Operations and Maintenance Leadman, Program Advisor

Job Skills

  1. Control monitor and maintain boilers, turbines and generators in power-generating plants.
  2. Monitor instruments to regulate electricity flows.
  3. Demonstrate safe operations and support functions.
  4. Gain understanding of new bio-fuel sources.

Sustainable Communities

earth peopleDo you want to learn about emerging green trends and small business niches? Do you want to build your communication skills and work in renewable energy, agriculture or human relations?

"The Sustainable Communities Program is responding well to employment trends and giving instant value to the lives of students." ~ Joy von S. Program Instructor, Business Trainer, Program Advisor

Job Skills

  1. Learn how to explore green industries, emerging trends, entrepreneurial niches, and green income opportunities.
  2. Planning and evaluative skills through 'hands-on' examination of the interactions between people and natural ecosystems.
  3. Demonstrate and learn effective communication, marketable personal skills, and entrepreneurship strategies.


Career and Technical Education Department
(530) 938-5512