Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.06
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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Western Technical College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amanda McCray
Intern
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
Building Science and Energy Management

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

This program facilitates students to make decisions incorporating the importance of sustainability in an area representing one of our country’s biggest energy consumers. Students examine the built environment and how it relates to energy using the latest research, tools, and technology available. Students gain hands-on experience working with community projects and in living laboratories in Western’s state-of-the-art facilities, including Western’s Passive House Instructional Facility. Study topics include energy auditing, energy management, renewable energy systems, and integrated design. The focus of the program is to prepare students for entry-level work in the growing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and building systems industry. Course outcomes include: recommend energy efficiency solutions as well as advocate for sustainable building practices.


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The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Landscape Horticulture

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Students will research and identify tendencies, relevant advancements, developments in technology, and progresses in sustainability within Landscape Horticulture.The nature of the Landscape Horticulture program demands that much of the learning takes place in the field and in Western’s on-campus Horticulture Education Center. Students learn to evaluate landscape construction systems, determine suitability of plants for placement, understand turf management, identify common landscape pests, and be able to identify soils and correct soil deficiencies, all with principles of sustainability in mind.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Horticultural Plant Health Care

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

This certificate prepares students to enter the "green industry". The program offers a broad view of plants and plant health issues. Students learn plant identification, turf management, care of ornamentals, and characteristics of various soils. All students will test for the State of Wisconsin Pesticide Applicators License as part of the class. Upon completion of this certificate program, students are ready to enter the workforce or move into Western's Landscape Technician diploma program and an associate’s degree in Landscape Horticulture.


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The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Solar Installation Technician

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The Solar Installation Technician certificate is designed to address the needs of regional utility power suppliers that offer renewable energy options, as well as private companies that provide solar solutions for residential, commercial, non-profit, and government sectors. Western has several solar panel systems that not only provide power to buildings, but offer the perfect, real-life training opportunity. This certificate is a pathway into the Building Science and Energy Management associate’s degree.


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