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BCC & NJ Tech High Schools Form New Green Pathways

In the past year, Burlington County College (BCC) and technical high schools across the state have continued to maximize green education opportunities for students.

There are now six “Green Pathways Dual Credit Agreements” between BCC and county vocational and technical schools throughout the state. After BCC’s initial agreement with Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools last year, the college formed additional Green Pathways with Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Camden County Technical Schools, Bergen County Technical Schools, Hunterdon County Polytech Career & Technical School, and most recently, Cape May County Technical Schools.  

Under the agreements, students who enroll in approved dual-credit Green Pathways courses at their high school will have the opportunity to earn three college credits for BCC’s “SST 100 Principles of Sustainability,” a required course in BCC’s alternative energy technologies, energy management and sustainability associate degree programs.

“Our continued success in establishing Green Pathway partnerships speaks to Burlington County College’s reputation as a leader in green education in the state and our ability to develop linkages between academics and workforce development needs. We have become a destination not only for Burlington County residents, but students throughout the state,” BCC Interim President Dr. David I. Spang said. “The Green Pathways agreements provide a great head-start for high school students who want to pursue innovative degrees in a growing field.”  

The dual credit course is offered in the high school for a $150 tuition fee. Students must receive a grade of C or better in the course to receive BCC college credit.

“These agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer the credits into one of BCC’s comprehensive associate degree programs,” said BCC Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy Academic Coordinator Dr. Robert Brzozowski.

BCC is the first two-year college in the tri-county area to offer comprehensive green associate degree programs. With support from a NASA grant, BCC created the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy and is now offering four green associate degree programs – Sustainability Policy & Management, Sustainable Energy Studies, Alternative Energy Technologies and Energy Management – and two new academic certificates – Building Energy Management and Alternative Energy Technologies.

For more information on BCC’s green degree programs, please visit www.bcc.edu/green. High school students who want to enroll in the Green Pathways Dual Credit program should contact their guidance counselor and/or Green Program of Study instructor.