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Gaston Community College, Dallas, NC

Green Jobs Course Offerings:

  • Effective Environmental Management System Auditing (noncredit).  This three-day, 24-hour course provides management with appropriate unbiased information to assure an effective environmental management system (ISO 14001) for decision-making related to risk, improvement, communication, motivation, performance, training, and problems.
  • Why Go Green? and Residential Green Building Practices seminars (noncredit)  taught by a licensed contractor.
  • Several courses have added modules that focus on “green” knowledge and activities such as biodiesel, hybrid autos, bioprocessing activities, and alternative power conversion systems.
  • Three instructors have completed the Weatherization Train-the-Trainer program and are certified to offer Weatherization courses as needed.

Future goals for developing green workforce training programs and/or incorporating sustainability across all curricula:

  • We will continue to respond to the training and workforce needs of business and industry within Gaston and Lincoln counties.
  • The college is in the process of seeking grant funds to build a “green house” to be used for training purposes for curriculum and continuing education students.

Campus sustainability projects underway and goals for these projects:

  • The college installed a Central Energy Management Control System that enables the maintenance department to control building room temperatures from a central location through the use of computers.
  • All classrooms and offices have been relamped to T-8 fluorescent bulbs, which are 30% more energy efficient.  Room lighting controls have been installed in most buildings to cut down on energy consumption. 
  • Window blinds have been installed in all classrooms and offices to cut down on energy consumption.
  • The college has an active recycling program for tin cans, paper, cardboard, and plastics.  The Gaston College Rotaract Club sorts though trash cans on a weekly basis for recyclable materials.  During one week, they netted over 400 recyclable bottles and cans, which saves money in terms of trash disposal fees and helps the environment at the same time.

Courses utilizing campus sustainability projects as hand-on training opportunities for students:

Recycling has been incorporated into the Heating & Air Conditioning, Welding, Machining, Automotive, and Electrical (credit) programs.

What are you hoping to gain from the Greenforce Initiative?

An effective, systematic way of sharing information about green/sustainability initiatives and available workforce training and “best practices.”

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Contact person: Dr. Linda Greer, Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development


Phone: 704-922-6266

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