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Green Enterprise Development, SPRING 2013

Blackhawk Technical College is pleased to offer Green Generalist Training developed by Purdue University at no cost to area businesses and individuals seeking a greater understanding of the key Green concepts and environmental issues facing organizations. 

Through these interactive workshops, participants can expect to learn practices that can lead to improved efficiencies and lower costs. You may take Green 101 and then continue with level 2 modules. Completing three Level 2 courses will earn Specialist I and all six (Specialist II) will prepare you for the SME Green Specialist Certificate Exam. Enroll now while these are still available at no cost. 

Available Training Dates (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each date):

Level One: Green 101 Green Generalist
February 9, (CRN 60588) Central Campus
April 19, (CRN 60585) Monroe Campus

Green Generalist training provides an introductory look at the green movement, with a focus on education, awareness, and methods beneficial to employees at every level of a company or organization. This workshop combines classroom-style learning with an interactive "live" simulation to help the participants learn green concepts, key environmental issues facing organizations and the components of sustainability.

Level Two: Specialist Dumpster Dive - March 2, (CRN 60587)
Learn fundamentals of solid waste streams and their sources by focusing on the leading methods of waste reduction, known as the "4 Rs" (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). Activities and exercises on lifecycle analysis, alternative material selection, byproduct reduction, waste exchange and zero landfill.

Pollution Solutions - March 22, (CRN 60586)
This workshop provides innovative methods to improve emission control and environmental management systems and new technologies to reduce air pollution. Gain an understanding of climate challenges related to air emissions and provide strategies for incorporating effective air emissions management concepts into a Green Enterprise.

Water Conservation - April 12,  (CRN 60584)
Interactive exercises introduce lower-cost practices and conservation principles in operation and design of water systems. Learn alternative methods that will reduce costs and conserve an endangered resource. 

Green Chemistry - April 26,  (CRN 60583)
Hands-on activities focus on how to apply green chemistry principles and techniques throughout the business - from cleaning to machining - to better manage chemical use and chemical waste. Learn how to meet regulatory requirements and achieve a healthier, safe environment through interactive exercises about applying green chemistry principles in business.

Energy Management - May 11,  (CRN 60582)
Learn how to manage energy usage and invest in energy efficiency to cut energy costs and reduce carbon footprint. Basic energy use and renewable energy alternatives are discussed.

Sustainability in Practice - May 24, (CRN 60589)
Develop the business case for implementing a comprehensive environmental management or sustainability program. Topics include how to translate a vision into a continuous and sustainable program, including the supply chain, and measure success.

Training sessions will be held at Blackhawk Technical College - Central Campus, 6004 S County Rd G, Janesville WI unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (608) 757-7728.

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Tech college faculty to take cutting-edge green technologies to Wisconsin’s manufacturers

MADISON – Faculty members from Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges are the first individuals in the U.S. to receive Green Manufacturing Specialist Certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Faculty from Blackhawk Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College received a rigorous 12 days of training from the Purdue University Green Enterprise Program. The certification qualifies faculty to work with manufacturers to cut costs by implementing environmentally friendly processes and technologies. The cutting-edge technology will also be incorporated into current manufacturing-related curricula so graduates possess these competencies as they move into the labor force.

“The Green Enterprise curriculum is a perfect means for Blackhawk to serve our business and industry partners in southern Wisconsin,” said Sharon Kennedy, vice-president of Instruction at Blackhawk Technical College, which had five faculty members receive the training. “Our faculty learned environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and applied them to practical business simulations,” Kennedy added.

The training included a rigorous examination in energy management, air pollution, waste stream reduction, water conservation, chemical waste and comprehensive sustainability programming. As a result of their successful completion of this new program, these individuals are now certified to teach these modules of instruction.

“Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges are becoming a leader in sustainable education, not only through the integration of green technologies in all our curriculum, but also through these new outreach programs so business and industry can help reduce their environmental footprint and save money,” said Dan Clancy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Faculty who received the education were: Joe Boss, Richard Grossen, Helen Proeber, Wayne Thompson, and Richell McWilliams from Blackhawk Technical College; Theresa Valencia and Robert Root from Madison Area Technical College; Tom Roehl from Moraine Park Technical College; and Doug Phillips and Lisa Sterret from Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

This is one of many sustainable initiatives underway in the Wisconsin Technical College System. The System Board will see a presentation of the “Greening Up” of current and future occupational programming throughout the technical colleges Tuesday, June 29 in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Technical College System has 16 technical college districts throughout Wisconsin, which offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than half of all adults in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training in the last decade.


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