Program Overview

The Certificate in Ethanol Production program at Southeastern Illinois College is a non-degree program designed to prepare students for working in ethanol production or transportation. As the use of and study in alternative energy sources and sustainability grows domestically, so does a demand for professionals competent in current and emerging trends in ethanol, biodiesel, and other biofuels production. This program is appropriate for students that already have competed an associate's or bachelor's degree program and seek to bolster their chances of career placement or advancement.

Southeastern Illinois College is committed to giving high quality and convenient training to support the biodiesel and ethanol industries. It is the goal of the program to prepare candidates for finding a position in the ethanol industry, transfer to a senior institution, or participation in an entrepreneurial role in the field.

There are a few facts about ethanol about which the college wants applicants to be aware. Ethanol is a sustainable energy source, producing more fuel during manufacturing process than what it consumes, that now makes up 10 percent of the US supply of gasoline. The college believes that one important aspect of biofuels production is that it helps the United States become less reliant on foreign imports of energy.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn 34 semester hours of credit while maintaining at least a 2.0 overall GPA in all coursework. This program is a Career and Technical Education one that is able to be completed in one year if students enroll at a full-time rate of 16-18 credits per semester. Courses focus on technical skills like welding as well as the science and economics of ethanol production. There is also a one-credit OSHA General Industry Safety and Awareness course that exposes students to safe practice and industry standards and regulations.

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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.


    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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