Program Overview

Offered through Southeastern Illinois College, the Biofuels (Fast-Track) Certificate program is designed to quickly help students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to find entry-level work or advance their current positions in the area of bioenergy. This program is appropriate for students already holding a degree who seek additional educational credentials to bolster their resumes or transcripts. As the use of biofuels and alternative energy sources grows, so does the demand for professionals with additional training in the production and handling of these sources.

This program is able to be completely online, and, as a fast-track program, it is intended to be done so in one semester. Students should be aware that the course-load required to complete the program in one semester is high, so they should be prepared for a large time commitment, even with the flexibility of distance-based delivery. Biofuel professionals often work in ethanol and biodiesel companies, government agencies, or production plants. Common job descriptions include maintenance technician, instrumentation technician, and operator.

In order to complete the program, students must earn 17 credits, generally in a one-semester period. Most courses are prescribed, though students can select between Ethanol Production and Biodiesel Production in order to focus their studies in a particular direction. Candidates that select the first of these two options should be aware that the course is offered in the spring semester, meaning that completion time of the program would be extended. Students take an OSHA General Industry Safety and Awareness course that exposes them to industry standards and safe handling and production techniques.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

    Requirements

    Applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED scores and official college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office.

    School Overview

    Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois, with an extension center in Carmi, Illinois, was founded in 1960 and serves the counties of Gallatin, Hardin, Pope and Saline, as well as portions of Hamilton, Johnson, Williamson and White. Through community education offerings to all ages, cultural events and commitment to workforce and small business development, SIC endeavors to fulfill its mission “to enhance lifelong learning by providing quality educational programs, cultural enrichment opportunities and support for economic development.”

    SIC offers nearly 120 certificate and degree programs, as well as specialized training in a multitude of interest areas. Online degrees and certificates programs are available as well. 

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