(Acworth, Ga. – Nov. 18, 2015)
From researching freshwater jellyfish to endangered species of Darters, Chattahoochee Technical College’s Stephen Anderson has always had a passion for getting his hands wet. Now serving as the instructor for the Environmental Technology Associate Degree program, Anderson wants others to know about this emerging field that promises to expand in the upcoming years.
“With the growing population, environmental jobs are expected to grow over the next few years in many areas as we strive to find sustainable practices to provide resources for all,” Anderson said. “While this program primarily focuses on water quality, many of the classes cover a wide variety of other environmental issues to provide an in-depth coverage of global issues as they relate to the environment.”
Upon completion, graduates holding the associate degree will be prepared to enter the workforce in a number of different roles.
“The program is geared to getting students into positions that involve the treatment, monitoring, or reclamation of water,” Anderson said. “This could range from working at a water facility, such as a water treatment facility that provides drinking water to residents or a wastewater facility to treat waste water, to industrial jobs monitoring the water that a company discharges into the environment, to working for any environmental monitoring company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the Environmental Technology field will grow by 18 percent between 2012 and 2022.”
Anderson said environmental technology not only teaches an employable skillset, but those working in the field become integral to mankind’s survival.
“With the growing number of people on the planet and no increase in water supplies the world must find a way to provide potable water to everyone,” Anderson said. “My goal in this program is to send students out into the field with a desire and drive to not only provide clean potable water to everyone, but to do so in a manner that is sustainable to the environment.”
A resident of Polk County, Anderson received both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Education from Jacksonville State University. He worked at two separate high schools for a total of 13 years before making the full-time leap to college, with the last four years serving as an adjunct Biology instructor for CTC.