Hands-on Projects during and after class that make
abstract concepts learned in class concrete. For example, in addition to
learning the theory of how wind generators work, our students have
designed and built three generations of wind generators from scratch.
We’ve worked to build a regional food system. And our faculty and
students have played key roles in the Mayor Ed Malloy’s strategic plan
for sustainability in Fairfield.
One Course at at time- The Block System — our
students are fully immersed in one course each month, and then move on
to the next course. The block system is immensely popular with our
students because they learn more, and it eliminates the stress of taking
4–5 subjects at once.
Internships – Students can earn up to 16 credits of
internships that provide on-the-job training. In some cases, internships
provide a stipend or cover expenses. We work to maintain relationships
for local, regional, national, and international internship
opportunities. Examples include sustainable agriculture, the building
trades, environmental organizations, green business, and many other
venues that provide practical experience in selected areas of interest.
Certifications – We offer academic credit for
successful completion of professional certifications in
sustainability. From time to time we offer certifications as part of our
program. Professional certification requirements are constantly
changing and our in-program offerings also change as conditions in the
broader community evolve. Certification offerings have included Building
Biology and Permaculture Design, as well as Resnet Energy Rater
Training and AutoCADD.