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New Environmental Technology Program/Faculty at CCC

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Plattsburgh, NY. . . .Clinton Community College is offering a new A.A.S. Degree in Environmental Technology. The Environmental Technology degree will give students the scientific background and hands-on instruction needed to pursue a technical career in today’s “green economy.” The degree program offers students an introduction to practical field methods, as well as preparing students for certification exams relevant to employment in the environmental industry (Hazardous Materials/Asbestos/Water Treatment Operator). Unique aspects of the program are the inclusion of courses to prepare students for certification as a Water Quality Operator, Lead/Asbestos Abatement, and Hazardous Waste. Inclusion of these courses ensures that our graduates will have highly competitive resumes when applying for jobs in the area.

Gary Henry has been hired to teach the specialized courses in the Environmental Technology program’s second year. Henry received his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in 2000, and a Master of Science degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 2004. He held various positions in industry prior to coming to CCC, most recently as a Hydrogeologist/Project Manager for Reed Engineering Group, Ltd., and as an Assistant Consultant for Geomorphic Stream Surveys in North-Central Texas. Henry is a member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals. He is also licensed as a Professional Geologist in the State of Texas.

“Environmental Technicians typically work outside of an office setting and must be capable of performing their duties with limited supervision under the direction of a Senior Technician or Environmental Scientist,” explained Henry. “They will often perform a variety of services at their organization; sampling for asbestos or lead in existing buildings, or collecting soil and groundwater samples at sites with environmental impact,” he said. “The ideal candidate for these jobs has an interest in the natural world and is prepared to work outdoors in a variety of settings, sometimes in remote locations.”

Professor and Science Department Chair, Lynn Fowler said, “This program provides a solid foundation of core science, math and liberal arts and humanities courses in the first year, with specialized courses specific to the field of Environmental Technology in the second year. The program is focused on “hands-on” experience and field training and culminates in an internship at an area business in the final semester of the program.” She added, “Gary started at Clinton in September and has hit the ground running. He has already engaged in conversations with SUNY Plattsburgh and set-up relevant field experiences and training at Miner Institute for students in this program. He is a great addition to the science department and Clinton Community College “

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in this field is projected to grow much faster than the national average. Projections from 2006 to 2016 indicate a 28% increase, or 10,000 new jobs, as the need for environmental monitoring, management, and regulatory compliance increases. BLS data also indicates a median hourly rate of $18/hour for environmental technicians.

For more information on the new Environmental Technology A.A.S. program, contact Dr. Lynn Fowler at 562-4348 or Gary Henry at 562-4345.