Sustainability Systems and Technology Certificate Programs

About the Sustainability Systems & Technology (SST) Program

Sustainability Systems & Technology (SST) Certificate Program, Winter 2020!

The SMC Earth Science Department is pleased to announce the availability of two (2) new noncredit and free Sustainability Systems & Technology (SST) certificates.

This Winter 2020, two Organics Aide Certificates are offered; they include three (3) classes for students who want to learn Fundamentals of Sustainability, Organics Recycling, and Sustainable Food Systems. Each class provides 36-hours of instruction, including presentations, field trips, and lab. 

The six (6) week certificate programs run from January 6 to February 13. For enrollment information, contact Noncredit Registration at (310) 434-3399 or noncreditregistration@smc.edu (see the table below for course information).

Winter 2020 Organics Aide Certificate

CourseNameSectionDayTimeRoomInstructor
SST 901Fundamentals of Sustainability7016T-Th10 a.m. – 1 p.m.​MC 8Charles
SST 909Sustainable Food Systems7017T-Th1:30 – 4:30 p.m.MC 8Grebler
SST 905Organics Recycling7015T-Th​5 p.m. – 8 p.m.MC 8Huls

Winter 2020 Services Technician Certificate

CourseNameSectionDayTimeRoomInstructor
SST 904Sustainability Assessment7018M&W1:30 – 4:30 p.m.LA 223Cooley, O'Cain & Huls
SST 906Introduction to Clean Technologies7019M&W5 – 8 p.m.​MC 8Huls​

What Is the Sustainability Systems & Technology (SST) Certificates Program?

The SST certificates program is for individuals and students desiring to learn and earn in the new circular economy, by kick-starting a job in the burgeoning field of sustainable materials management and be a step ahead in the job market.

Learn more about non-credit courses at SMC.

Certificates of Completion

Organics Aide: Offered in Summer 2019

Noncredit

This certificate will introduce students to sustainability principles, practices in organics micro-composting, and sustainable food systems. Completion provides a pathway to jobs as entry-level micro-composter operators, sustainable food system technicians, sales representatives, and project management assistants. This program is not intended as a substitute for any credit certificate or associate degree. It is recommended that students have an intermediate or higher skill level in ESL.

Administrative Assistant: Tentatively Offered in Winter 2020

Noncredit

This certificate will introduce students to sustainability principles, community engagement, education and outreach, and policy governance. Completion provides a pathway to jobs as entry-level sustainability assistants and coordinators, community engagement representatives, researcher assistants, customer service representatives, and project management assistants. This program is not intended as a substitute for any credit certificate or associate degree. It is recommended that students have an intermediate or higher skill level in ESL.

Services Technician: Tentatively Offered in Winter 2020

Noncredit

This certificate will introduce students to sustainability principles, materials and environmental assessment methods, and clean technology systems and practices. Completion provides a pathway to jobs as entry-level sustainability assessors, program technicians, sales representatives, and entry-level managerial assistants. This program is not intended as a substitute for any credit certificate or associate degree. It is recommended that students have an intermediate or higher skill level in ESL.

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