Business Innovation and Sustainability programs at Brunswick Community College are designed to provide training in renewable energy, waste reduction, green construction, agricultural and landscaping techniques, ecotourism, as well as environmental and regulatory courses.
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Business Innovation Courses
Aviation Ground School
This course will prepare students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Knowledge Exam (PPKE). Course covers aerodynamics, aircraft systems, regulations, airport procedures, weather, flight planning, navigation, radio communication procedures, flight physiology, and aircraft performance. This course is for individuals interested in starting to fly or pilots who need a refresher course, and aspiring pilots who are preparing for the Federal Aviation Administration examination.
Commercial Drone Pilot Training Prep
Drones are becoming one of the emerging technologies used in agriculture, real estate, logistics, photography, and research. This course prepares students to pass the FAA Part 107 knowledge test to become certified to pilot a UAS (unmanned aerial system). This class will also give you an understanding of the different types of drones available in the market place.
Craft Brewing Techniques for Beer, Cider and Kombucha
Participants will learn about beer, hard cider and kombucha in a combination of lectures and hands on activities. The class will brew a five gallon batch of American Pale Ale. A great class for learning brewing that might lead to a home brewery or a nanobrewery. Many home breweries are mere steps away from being commercial nanobreweries
Human Resource Training for Administrative Support Personnel
This training covers employment compliance requirements for all organizations with employees, including small businesses. This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the government mandated employment requirements, recruitment and selection, employee management skills, reporting, and performance management.
Build a Professional Website with a Social Media Presence
This hands-on class will teach small business owners and entrepreneurs how to create a new website using WordPress. WordPress is a popular, free, open-source, web creation software that can be downloaded to participant’s personal laptop or desktop computer. This class will teach you how to create and design, organize and maintain, and make changes in your website using WordPress. The Website created in this class will have smart phone, tablet, and laptop capabilities.
Storytelling for Entrepreneurs, How to Write and Tell your Unique Business Story
This hands-on class teaches entrepreneurs and individuals interested in how to identify their unique story, share it with their audiences, and help customers share it with their friends and colleagues. The class begins with messaging, refining the story, and creating/recording a presentation which can be used for marketing. The curriculum is designed specifically for business owners, entrepreneurs, those new to communications and marketing, and individuals interested in refining their message and delivery.
Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Every Day Users
This class is geared towards individuals who have limited knowledge of GIS and wish to learn about land, mapping, and how to utilize online GIS programs. This introductory class will provide information from the ground up by focusing on what GIS is about, how to read and understand maps, and how to use online land based GIS programs. This program is perfect for realtors, contractors, planners, developers, and nature based organizations.
Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
To register you must have taken Intro to GIS or have basic experience using GIS systems. This class is designed to teach you how to apply effectively data sources, use various complementary online GIS systems, as well as how to design and produce a map to highlight projects or areas of interest for presentations. Who should take this class? Realtors, contractors, planners, developers, and nature based organizations.
Energy Auditing Tools for Facility Operators
This course is designed for maintenance technicians and/or building operators of large facilities. Areas include: 1) scope and challenges associated with maintaining an energy efficient building, 2) building science, 3) building shells, 4) heating and cooling, 5) energy usage, and 6) energy auditing. It will have an in-depth, hands-on to planning, conducting, documenting and evaluating energy audits in an industrial setting.
Green Building NCCER Programs
The National Center for Construction Education and Research programs approved by the US Green Building counsel we offer include:
• Your Role in the Green Environment
• Weatherization Technician
• Sustainable Construction Supervisor
• Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Systems
• Introduction to Alternative Energy
Solar Photovoltaic Installer
This course provides instruction on the fundamentals of Solar Photovoltaic systems. Students will learn design criteria, installation, safety issues, and maintenance of photovoltaic systems, construction skills, and applied math skills. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge base for an entry level position with a dealer or installer in the Solar Photovoltaic industry. This class also prepares the student to obtain their Construction OSHA 10 pocket card and sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Entry Level.
Beekeeping Production and Management I
This program is designed to introduce the participant to bee management, production, and pest control. The class begins with bee varieties and techniques, equipment used, locating and ordering, harvesting and extracting honey, diseases and pest management, essential tasks for keeping colonies productive, and common beekeeping mistakes to avoid. As well as managing techniques for bee yard. This program is designed for farmers, beekeeping enthusiasts, or individuals interested in starting their own bee hive for crop pollination or honey production.
Interpretive Heritage/Nature Guide Pathway Certificate
This course teaches how to engage your clients, incorporate your natural settings, and add to your customer’s experience using the National Association of Interpreters guidelines for customer service. This program includes the principles of storytelling, how to provide great customer service, and hospitality and communication skills. This is one of the three required courses to obtain the Interpretive Nature or Heritage Guide Certificate from the Coastal Carolina Heritage or the Ecotourism nature-based courses. This course prepares you to take the National Association for Interpretation Certified Host Certification.
The Certified Interpretive Host category is designed for staff and volunteers at sites who have public contact. Hotel receptionists and staff, campground hosts, restaurant greeters, and historic and nature site volunteers are among the individuals who may find the program helpful. CIH training combines customer service with informal storytelling to help participants improve their responses to guests in general while helping achieve stewardship goals of the organization. This 24-hour course includes: • History, definition, and principles of interpretation • How to provide great customer service • Hospitality and communication skills • NAI Certification requirements (open book exam; video exam) • All materials and workbook.
Designing and Planning your Nature or Heritage Based Business
Southeastern NC is surrounded by a unique natural habitat, winding rivers, and beautiful beaches. This is a 24 hour program developed to help the participant to plan and develop a successful nature or heritage based business, identify the business idea, manage and operate, market and promote, and developing partnerships and packaging. The participant will be provided with a variety of resources and tools to build a Nature or Heritage based business enterprise.
Coastal Carolina Heritage: Life and Work in the Carolinas
This course provides a look at some of our region’s history, local stories, folklore, old photographs, religious traditions, poetry and artifacts to create a sense of time and place. Topics will range from the Scottish immigration of the 1700s to Gullah culture and traditions, the history of the Rosenwald schools, the work of locally born and nationally known poet A. R. Ammon, river and railroad travel networks, the timber industry, introducingof strawberries to the region, smoke houses and more. This class counts towards the Heritage Guide Certificate pathway.
Coastal Carolina Heritage: Historical Sites and Architecture of Brunswick County Townships
This course will use the same format and resources as described in Coastal Carolina Heritage I but will focus exclusively on the six townships of Brunswick County–their unique stories, historical sites, architecture, artifacts and natural environment. How did Bolivia get its name? Where are the oldest buildings in the county? What are the unique stories of some early churches? Two of the six classes will include on-site visits. This course is designed to appeal to life-long residents who want to learn more about their home place as well as those who have moved here and want to get a better sense of their chosen home. Two of the six classes will include an on-site visits on Saturday. This class counts towards the Heritage Guide Certificate Pathway.
Coastal Carolina Heritage: Early Churches of the Cape Fear Region
From the Cape Fear River to the mouth of the Waccamaw, the Coastal Carolinas are a treasure trove of diverse and picturesque houses of worship, intriguing faith stories histories, all of which reflect the early settlers of the region. Learn about the influence of the Church of England, the Presbyterian connection to the Scottish Highland immigrants, the French Huguenots who fled persecution in France by coming to the New World, African-American churches after the Civil War and their histories of independence, the roots of Catholicism in the coastal Carolinas, the early Methodist and Baptist churches, the early Jewish Synagogue, the 1900 emergence of the Pentecostal movement, and much more. This class counts towards the Heritage Guide Certificate pathway.
Introduction to Birding in SE North Carolina
This course provides an introduction to birding in Southeastern North Carolina. Emphasis will be placed on identifying common species, anatomy, flight, migration, breeding, and habitats. The class will meet at various outdoor locations to observe various bird populations. This program qualifies for the NC Environmental Educator Criteria II. This class counts towards the Nature Guide Certificate Pathway.
Hiking the Coastal Plain
Hiking the Coastal Plain is a course designed to introduce students to the varied hiking locations in Southeastern, North Carolina. Locations will be within urban, suburban, and rural areas. The hikes themselves will take in a variety of terrain, ecosystems. Viewing opportunities of flora and fauna unique to this region will be a focus. The hiking will be presented in a way which will be welcoming to all abilities and interests. This program qualifies for the NC Environmental Educator Criteria II. This class counts towards the Nature Guide Certificate Pathway.
Natural Wonders of Brunswick County through a Lens
This course is designed to introduce students to digital media to record the natural habitats for a variety of animal and plant species in Southeastern, North Carolina. Discover the variety of carnivorous plants native to this area, the impact of the American alligator, the Long Leaf Pine historical significance, the Bobcat habitat, Black Bear population, and Osprey sites. Challenges and opportunities for preservation and interpretation for the agencies that manage them. This program qualifies for the NC Environmental Educator Criteria II. This class counts towards the Nature Guide Certificate Pathway.
This course provides an essential overview of how to survive in wilderness settings. Emphasis is placed on shelter building, locating and purifying water, fire building, identifying wild edibles, trapping, cleaning, and cooking wild game, and basic first-aid. This program qualifies for the NC Environmental Educator Criteria II. This class counts towards the Nature Guide Certificate Pathway.
Initial Lead Safety, Removal, and Paint
EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices. This course meets the criteria for Initial Lead Safety, Removal, and Paint. Class is held every third Tuesday of the month.
Refresher Lead Safety, Removal, and Paint
Sustainability Online Programs
Online Career Training Programs through Gatlin Education Services GES. Below is the listing of the current programs offered:
- Principles of Green Buildings
- Wind Energy Professional
- Solar Power Professional
- Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager
- Certified Indoor Environmentalist Prep
- Certified Green Supply Chain Professional
- Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Mastery
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 1-on-1 Project Coaching (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with Black Belt with 1-on-1 Project Coaching (Exam Cost Included)
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt (Exam Cost Included)
- Senior Certified Sustainability Professional
- Six Sigma Black Belt
This is a four hour class for Certified Renovators who wish to maintain their certification active prior to the expiration date of their original certification (5 years in NC). A COPY OF THIS CERTIFICATE MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION. ISO 14001 -Environmental