The following pathways have been approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Bioenergy Operations:
Up to 116 credits over two years (quarter system).
7 new courses in Bioenergy – all available on-line (with hands-on labs): Introduction to Bioenergy; Biorefinery Processes; Biorefinery Equipment; Biomass Feedstock Management; Biorefinery Operations; Bio-Chemical Conversion; and Thermo-Chemical Conversion.
Supporting courses = existing courses in Energy Systems, Water Management, Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering.
Certificate in Bioenergy Operations:
Available for completion of Year One sequence (49 credits).
Three Bioenergy courses required.
Bioenergy Short Certificate series:
Tailored for incumbent workers and students at aligned community and technical colleges.
Biorefinery Processes: Intro. To Bioenergy + Biorefinery Processes (5 credits);
Biorefinery Operations: Biorefinery Equipment + Biorefinery Operations (7 credits); and
Chemical Conversion: Bio-Chemical Conversion + Thermo-Chemical Conversion (10 credits).
Certificate in Biomass Feedstock Management:
Issued after completion of three quarters course sequence (57.4 credits).
75% of courses required for Certificate are also required for existing Associate Degree in Agriculture Science & Technology.
New Biomass Feedstock Management course = only required Bioenergy course.
Under development: Associate in Science – Option I (Life Sciences) transfer degree with Bioenergy courses:
Transfer degree with draft articulations developed in coordination with:
Oregon State University’s Bioresource Research (BRR): Bioproducts and Bioenergy Option program; and
University of Washington’s Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) program.
Planning to articulate in the future with: Washington State University; University of Idaho; University of California at Davis; and Western Washington University.
Walla Walla Community College (Bioenergy Agriculture Center of Excellence)