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Care About the Environment? Make It a Career

photo of green building siteWant to conserve energy, reduce waste and be more environmentally responsible. Learn how you can do that in the building and remodeling industry. Check out the Residential Building Performance Technology program at Cedar Valley College.

Whether it’s planning new home construction or retrofitting offices with energy-efficient systems, the Residential Building Performance Technology program can provide the knowledge you need.

Be a Green Expert

The certificates and degree programs are offered by Cedar Valley College. They prepare you with the skills you need to go further in your career, or to enter a new field as a:

  • Building envelope thermographer
  • Building performance specialist
  • Certified mold inspector
  • Energy code enforcement official
  • Energy Star rater
  • HERS rater
  • Home energy auditor
  • LEED rater
  • Zero energy building consultant

Skills that can be learned in the Residential Building Performance Technology program can help prepare you for or enhance your career as a:

Degree and Certificate Options

Noncredit Training/Continuing Education Opportunities

Cedar Valley College also offers several noncredit courses that complement our credit degree/certificate options. We plan to offer more fast-track training in residential building and building weatherization designed to assist dislocated workers in returning to work.

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If you have questions about the Residential Building Performance Technology program or green and sustainable services that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.

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Get in on Ground Floor With Our Green Building Program

If you’re interested in finding out about conserving energy, reducing waste and being more environmentally responsible in the building and remodeling industry, DCCCD’s Residential Building Performance Technology program might be for you.

Whether it’s planning new construction or retrofitting existing buildings with more energy-efficient systems, the program, which is offered at Cedar Valley College, can lay a solid, green foundation for your career, or for your home or business.

According to a 2008 report (PDF – 788KB) sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors, the number of green jobs available in the U.S. should grow tremendously in the decades to come.

Our certificates and degree prepare you with the skills you need to go further in your career, or to enter into a new field as a:

  • Building envelope thermographer
  • Building performance specialist
  • Certified mold inspector
  • Energy code enforcement official
  • Energy Star rater
  • Home energy rater
  • Home energy auditor
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rater
  • Zero energy building consultant

After your first seven consecutive courses, you’ll have the background necessary to take the nationally recognized Home Energy Rater System (HERS) certification, a home energy analysis index administered by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and based on the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.

After your second year in the program, you’ll have the background necessary to take the LEED rating system certification for the design and construction of high-performance green homes, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute and supported by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degree and certificates:

  • Residential Building Performance Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
  • Rater Certificate
  • Specialist Certificate

Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.

To get started in the Residential Building Performance Technology program, complete the admissions process.

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Student Success Story: Debra Poellnitz

Laid off from her job as a billing analyst, Debra Poellnitz bounced back with work in a fast-moving, green field — thanks to the Residential Building Performance Technology program at Cedar Valley College.

“I had decided that if I was ever laid off, I would go back to school. I was going through the online catalog for Cedar Valley College when I found the Residential Building Performance Technology program and I thought, ‘I could do that.’ ”

Debra works for Ecos, a consulting firm that helps businesses, utility companies and homeowners become more energy-efficient.

“My company — which specializes in compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) programs for residential lighting — is based in Portland, Ore., but is moving into the Texas market. We have partnered with eight utility companies, manufacturers and major retailers like Lowe’s and The Home Depot, and participate in outreach and community events.

“It’s really exciting that I found a job in the field I’m interested in.”

Conserving energy is nothing new to Debra. “My mother was always conserving energy in our home in Alabama, so I guess it’s really nothing new to me. In the past, we were aware of our usage and careful not to waste energy, as a way of life. As a society, we became less aware of the effect that our wastefulness had on our environment and wasted too many of our resources. I want to do my part to contribute to the energy bottom line and make our planet healthier and cleaner!”

The Residential Building Performance Technology program at Cedar Valley College has given her a toehold in the exciting green building field.

“This job gives me the perfect opportunity to go into consulting without having to own my own business. The possibilities are endless.”

Could you be the next Student Success Story?

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Get the Scoop About Hot Occupations

Learn about hot career fieldsEven with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.

With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.

By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:

  • Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
  • Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
  • Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
  • Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
  • Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
  • Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
  • Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
  • Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.

Do a Little Research

Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:

  • Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
  • Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
  • Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
  • Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
  • Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.

And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.

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