Graduates from this program have been employed by or interned at:
REG Grays Harbor, Pacific Ethanol, ZeaChem
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.
Graduates from Walla Walla Community College have secured positions such as:
Biofuels/Bioproducts Processing Technician (ZeaChem)
Biofuels Operator (REG Grays Harbor)
Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (past position as Biofuels Operator with Pacific Ethanol)
Drinking Water Operator
Hydroelectric Maintenance Mechanic
Fiberglass Manufacturing Technician
Irrigation Service Technician
Mint Oil Technician