Environmental Technology Courses (web-based)

Call Workforce Development, STCC
(413) 755-4225 for Information and Registration

These programs are offered in partnership with Kirkwood Community College.

Please note that the purchase of textbooks is required for some courses.
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Continuing Education Credit

The Total Contact Hours (TCH) listed with each course reflects the  Continuing Education Credit that will be allowed for Wastewater Treatment Operators by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Though these credits may be acceptable in other states and/or for other types of licenses, students are responsible for contacting their specific licensing agency for confirmation of credits that will be allowed prior to course enrollment.


Course Descriptions

Biological and Health Threats

Agricultural Agents Threat & Response (10 Hours)
Fee $69

In addition to the human element is the economic and psychological impact of a biological attack against the U.S. agricultural industry. Foreign animal diseases as well as encroaching plant pathogens are the focus of this module. A review of Foot-and-Mouth disease and Mad Cow Disease provide a basis for discussion of the other diseases addressed in this module. Included is a virtual laboratory tour of the European outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease to demonstrate the potential for widespread economic and psychological devastation among the general public as well as those directly employed in the agricultural industry.

Anthrax Threat & Response (10 Hours)
Fee: $69

What is anthrax, why is it a terrorist agent, how can it be detected, who is at risk, when has it been used, where can I go for information? These and other questions surrounding Bacillus anthracis and the infection it causes are addressed in the Anthrax Module. Included is a virtual laboratory exercise to introduce sampling protocols.

Botulism and Other Food-Borne Agents Threat & Response (10 Hours) 
Fee: $69

Our food supply arrives daily from all over the world. What is the potential for contamination, what agents are of particular concern to the CDC and what historical data do we have on food borne infections? This module addresses a variety of organisms and microbial toxins that have been identified by the CDC as potential food-borne agents of terrorism. Included is a virtual laboratory to acquaint the student with the multitude of potential scenarios for both intentional and accidental food-borne illnesses.

Smallpox Threat & Response (10 Hours)
Fee: $69

Smallpox, a disease of the past and a threat for the future, is a Category A concern for the CDC. Cause, differential diagnosis issues, containment, and mitigation issues are addressed in the Smallpox Module. Included is a virtual laboratory exercise to test your ability to trace an outbreak.

Tularemia and Plague Threat & Response (10 Hours)
Fee: $69

Vector borne and endemic, these diseases are caused by bacteria harbored in the animal population and if aerosolized result in potentially deadly pneumonic infections. The role of the animals in our environment in the wake of an intentional release of these organisms is addressed along with descriptions of the bacterial agents in the Tularemia and Plague Module. Included is a virtual laboratory exercise identifying potential risks to the laboratory technician isolating these organisms for wound exudates.


Hazardous Materials & Safety Courses:

DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation (5 Hours)
Fee: $69

This course is designed to familiarize you with the DOT hazard communication system related safety and security issues. It will help you understand the labels, placards, shipping papers, and markings associated with the transportation of hazardous material. You will learn how to read the Hazardous Material Table and the 2000 Emergency Response Guidebook. The course includes labeling exercises, form completions, and self-tests. Students can access the DOT Regulations and the CFR through online links.

Energy Conservation - Basic Electrical Concepts (8 Hours)
Fee: $69

The purpose of this course is to acquaint you with the basic concepts of electricity and how to use those concepts to maximize efficiency in your workplace. There are five units in this course: Basic Electrical Theory, AC and Magnetism, Basic Electrical Measurements, Symbols and Diagrams and Introduction to Motors. Each unit consists of a PowerPoint presentation, self-tests to check your understanding of the material and a unit exam.

Hazwoper - Moderate Risk (24 Hours)
Fee: $129

This Internet-based course provides 24 hours of interactive training online for those needing Moderate Risk certification (29 CFR 1910.120). The course consists of an online text, interactive exercises, web links, self-grading quizzes, and final exam.

Hazwoper Refresher (8 Hours)
Fee: $69

This Internet-based course provides eight hours of interactive training online for the annual refresher to the 40-hour Hazardous Waste site Worker course (29 CFR 1910.120). This course fulfills the requirement for both workers and supervisors.

Hazwoper Refresher for Supervisors (8 Hours)
Fee:  $69

This Internet-based course provides eight hours of interactive training online for the annual refresher to the 40-hour Hazardous Wastesite Worker course (29 CFR 1910.120). This course places greater emphasis on supervisory functions and fulfills the OSHA/EPA requirements for supervisors.

Mass Fatalities, Introduction to (4 Hours)
Fee: $69

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of key issues to be addressed when developing mass fatalities response plans. It focuses on the primary functions that must be fulfilled in order to facilitate mass fatalities response and community recovery. Some of the concepts discussed in this course include: Essential Emergency Management Issues, Hazardous Materials Identification, Primary Sites of Mass Fatalities Response Operation, Headquarters Staff Processing Center, Disaster Site, Morgue Site, Family Assistance Center, and Management of Traumatic Stress. No final exam is required.

Mass Fatalities - Response Planning For Funeral Service Professionals (8 Hours)
Fee: $69

The purpose of this course is to provide information to funeral service students and licensed professionals that will facilitate their participation in the process of planning for, responding to, and recovering from a mass fatalities event in their local community through a national network of educational institutions and professional organizations.

Warehousing & Powered Industrial Truck Safety (6 Hours)
Fee: $69

Public Warehousing and Storage Safety Training Program is an online interactive training program consists of 24 lessons that depict common, unsafe actions and conditions that exist in most warehouses. The topics selected represent the greatest hazards in public warehousing as determined by accident statistics, OSHA violations, OSHA training requirements, with input from warehouse workers, and suggestions from trainers who conduct health and safety training.

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Homeland Security: Terrorism

Terrorism - A Perspective (32 Hours)
Fee: $129

In this online class those taking the course will look at the many aspects of terrorism, from historical, preparedness, response and the psychological implications.

Terrorism - Biological Agents (32 Hours)
Fee: $129

This class is the first in a series of five courses and designed to identify the biological agents of primary concern to the Center for Disease Control and the US Department of Agriculture. The potential for release, expected epidemiology/etiology, detection, and response protocols are explores through narrated presentations and virtual laboratory exercises. A Terrorism Agent Control Technology certificate is awarded when all 5 courses in the asynchronous series are successfully completed.

Terrorism – Chemical Agents (32 Hours)
Fee: $129

This course is designed to augment a career in biology, chemistry, public health, nursing, or medical fields. Through this course the student is introduced to the various chemical agents of concern to the CDC and the USDA and the diseases they cause. HazMat response, public health intervention, containment and eradication issues, and proactive measures are also addressed.

Terrorism – Monitoring & Detection (32 Hours)
Fee: $129

In this course the student is introduced to current technology for the detection of chemical and biological agents. Precision, accuracy, validation, specificity, sensitivity, limitations, and reliability of both field and laboratory units are addressed. It will also cover sampling requirements and protocols for both chemical and biological agents from solid, liquid and vapor samples.

Terrorism – Security & Deterrence (32 Hours)
Fee: $129

Terrorism is a tactic used in warfare or a type of crime, and the same knowledge that is employed to fight crime is useful against terrorism. This class will take a very broad view at terrorism and what can be done to make a site less likely to become a target. It will delve into NIMS, NIPPS, and specific areas like schools and water infrastructure, as well as actual physical protection systems employed in securing a site.

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Solid Waste Management

Composting Operations (25 Hours)
Fee: $129

Composting is the controlled process of organic degradation or waste decomposition. This web-based course will provide those taking the class with knowledge in the process of waste decomposition, an array or microorganisms and invertebrates consume the organics and convert them to humus. In the truest sense, solid waste composting is actually microbe farming, and like any type of farming, success has a lot to do with the farmer knowing how to make what he is raising thrive and grow. This class will meet or exceed most state requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals.

Integrated Solid Waste Management (60 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet this course will provide the student with a comprehensive look at solid waste management; combining the aspects of landfill, composting and household hazardous waste operations. This class will meet or exceed most state requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals.

Landfill Operations (25 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet those taking this course will gain a vast array of knowledge concerning the many aspects of landfill operations. This course provides eight foundation blocks for the operator with units on waste decomposition, geology & hydrology, engineering, surveying, landfill design, landfill construction, landfill operations, and regulations. This class will meet or exceed most state requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals.

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Wastewater and Water Management

Wastewater Analysis (48 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will be introduced to basic laboratory safety and gravimetric, spectrophotometric, electrochemical, titrimetric, and microbiological methods. The units include instruction on the laboratory procedures for microscopic, coliform, BOD5, COD, ammonia, grease and oil, chlorine and solids analysis. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with up-to-date photographs, interactive exercises, and online links.

Wastewater Collection Systems (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will gain a working knowledge of wastewater collection systems safety procedures, sewer inspection and testing, pipeline cleaning and maintenance, underground repair, lift stations, equipment maintenance, and sewer rehabilitation. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with up-to-date photographs, audio, interactive exercises, and links.

Wastewater Treatment I (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will explore the rudiments of wastewater treatment. This introductory course includes instruction in water pollution control, preliminary and primary treatment, fixed film processes, and suspended growth systems. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with up-to-date photographs, audio, interactive exercises, and online links.

Wastewater Treatment II (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will focus on issues of concern to wastewater treatment facilities. The topics of this course include activated sludge process control, sludge digestion and solids handling, nitrogen and phosphorous removal, and odor control. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is augmented with audio, photographs, interactive exercises, and online links.

Wastewater Treatment - Industrial (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will focus on issues of concern to industrial wastewater treatment facilities. The topics of this course include regulatory requirements; flow measurement; preliminary, physical and chemical treatment; filtration; and treatment of metal streams. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is augmented with audio, photographs, interactive exercises, and online links.

Water Analysis (48 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will be introduced to basic laboratory safety and gravimetric, spectrophotometric, electrochemical, titrimetric and microbiological methods. The units include instruction on the procedures for regulatory sampling and safety, and specific analytical procedures for total residue, fluoride, pH, ammonia, acidity, alkalinity, calcium, chloride, hardness, and coliform analysis.

Water Distribution Systems (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will obtain a working knowledge of potable water distribution systems. The topics of this course include water storage facilities, operation and maintenance of water mains, water quality issues, disinfection, and safety.

Water Treatment I (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will explore the rudiments of water treatment. The topics of this course include regulatory monitoring, iron and manganese removal, filtration, coagulation, flocculation, fluoridation, and disinfection. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is enhanced with audio, up-to-date photographs, interactive exercises, and online links.

Water Treatment II (64 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will focus on issues of concern to surface water treatment facilities. The topics of this course include reservoir management, taste and odor control, corrosion management, softening, demineralization, and trihalomethanes. Instrumentation and sludge handling and disposal issues are also addressed. Along with reading assignments from the text, the course is augmented with audio, photographs, interactive exercises, and online links.

Water/Wastewater - Permits & Administration (16 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet students will be able to improve their people skills, operations management, become more familiar with safety issues and responsibilities and the permitting and certification process.

Water/Wastewater - Pumps, Maintenance & Safety (48 Hours)
Fee: $129

Using the Internet, students will cover a very broad range of topics including, centrifugal pumps, selection and replacement of packing, seals, hydraulics, operating conditions, preventative maintenance, motors, plans and specifications, hazard types, plant equipment and procedures, lab safety and fire prevention, and hazard communications.

Call (413) 755-4225 to enroll.

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