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Green Careers Episode of Penn College TV Series Premieres April 12

Tyler L. Walter, a building science and sustainable design major, is highlighted in the latest episode of 'degrees that,' premiering April 12 on WVIA.Green careers are the focus of the latest episode of “degrees that,” an award-winning documentary series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Rewarding career possibilities in energy efficiency and renewable energy are explored during the show, which premieres throughout northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania on April 12 at 8 p.m. on WVIA-TV.

The term “green careers” can be cryptic, but the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has helped quantify it with the Green Jobs Report, a study that identifies promising green industry sectors employing people throughout the state and nation. A previous episode of “degrees that” examined two of the sectors: agriculture and resource conservation and pollution prevention and environmental cleanup.

This episode, titled “Going Green Part II,” covers energy efficiency and renewable energy through the eyes of students enrolled in the college’s unique building science and sustainable design major. Seniors working on their capstone project are followed as they construct a scale model of a section of Seattle and individually design a green, mixed-use building for the city. At the end of the semester, students present their final design to faculty and classmates.

Graduates of the building science and sustainable design major have many career options, ranging from green building analyst to sustainable designer to solar project manager.

Tyler L. Walter, New Paris, whose project is highlighted during the episode, is using his degree as a steppingstone to becoming an architect. In addition to building science and sustainable design, Penn College offers numerous associate and bachelor’s degrees leading to green careers.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency careers are also explored in the episode through visits with Rhone Resch, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association; Jane Weissman, executive director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council; and Penn College architectural technology faculty members Geoffrey M. Campbell and Naim N. Jabbour.

The show includes a trip to Lafayette Tower, the first LEED platinum-certified office building in Washington, D.C. LEED is the abbreviation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a ratings system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council that encourages green design. Platinum is the highest rating.

'degrees that'Following its April 12 premiere, the “Going Green Part II” episode of “degrees that” will be rebroadcast on WVIA on April 14 at 10 p.m., April 15 at 12:30 p.m., April 16 at 7 p.m. and April 19 at 8 p.m. The episode also will be part of a “degrees that” marathon on Earth Day, April 22.

All six “degrees that” episodes “Nanotechnology,” “Welding,” “Advanced Manufacturing,” “Plastics,” “Going Green Part I” and “Going Green Part II” will air on WVIA beginning at 1 p.m.

The “degrees that” series is a public-service initiative that connects young people to workforce needs and viable career paths for the future. Following a story-driven approach, episodes highlight the technologies, educational foundation and opportunities within career clusters. Free educational materials designed for classroom use have been developed to accompany the series.

Full episodes, lesson planning guides and supplemental information are available at online . Complete episodes can also be accessed on the college’s YouTube channel .

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