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C AREER C UR VE Environmental Scientists and Specialists ENVIRONMENtAL SCIENtIStS AND SpECIALIStS use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environ -ment. They identify problems to mini -mize risks to environmental health and to the population. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, environmental scientists and specialists determine data collection methods for research projects, investiga -tions and surveys; collect environmental data for analysis; analyze samples and other information to identify and assess threats to the environment; develop plans to prevent, control or fix environmen -tal problems; develop plans to restore polluted or contaminated land or water; provide information and guidance to government officials, businesses and the PHOTO By ISTOCk.COM general public; prepare technical reports and presentations that explain their research and findings. Many environmental scientists and specialists work to reclaim lands and waters that have been contaminated by pollution. Others assess the risks new construction projects pose to the envi -ronment and make recommendations to governments and businesses on how to minimize the environmental impact. Some environmental scientists and spe -cialists work for the government to ensure that federal regulations are followed. Others work for consulting firms that help companies comply with regulations and policies. Some environmental scientists and specialists focus on environmental regula -SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Sierra College SIERRA COLLEGE IN ROCkLIN, CALIFORNIA, features six academic divisions: liberal arts; science and math -ematics; career and technical education (CTE); business training and develop -ment; enrichment programs and business; and technology, health, physical educa -tion, recreation and athletics. The Sierra Community College District covers over 3,200 square miles. Sierra College offers both associate in arts and associate in science degrees, as well as Certificates of Achievement and Skills Certificates. Fif -ty-six certificates are offered with an 18 unit minimum and ten skills certificates requiring less than 18 units. The college boasts an award-winning faculty as well as national recognition for excellence in athletics. Courses are offered in tradi -tional, online, TV and hybrid formats to fit the busy lives of today’s students. Sierra’s CTE programs are designed to prepare students for entry into profes -sional employment in specific fields; the programs can be completed within one to four semesters. There are 26 CTE programs that directly relate to industries within the Sierra District and its local labor needs. Fifty-six degrees in the 26 programs are offered. Students finish with theoretical, hands-on, applied and experiential knowledge. Advisory Boards and faculty constantly reassess and adjust classes to identify and teach the essential skills and knowledge demanded by each of the industries. For those looking to stay abreast of in -dustry changes, Sierra College also offers short-term training for working profes -sionals to update skills. Training is offered through individual classes, industry-based training or with Certificates of Achieve -ment or Skills Certificates. Re-training 58 Techniques Ma y 2012

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