Through hands-on and classroom training in topics such as greenhouse design and operation, hydroponic plant growth, and aquaponic production techniques, you’ll gain the essential skills to work in the algaculture industry. Learn to design, install, maintain and operate sustainable algae culture systems. Discover the controlled environment requirements for the successful cultivation of various algae species. Become skilled in algae cultivation technologies, including algaculture extension training.
Because algae provides a sustainable source of energy, you can study algal biology and the production of algal biomass, which can be transformed into ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen and jet fuel. Gain the training and hands-on skills to work in the growing algal biofuels industry.
To help ensure students have a cutting-edge curriculum in green workforce training and to forge partnerships with New Mexico community colleges and green businesses, SFCC has created the Biofuels Center of Excellence. Partners in the area of algae production and research include National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Los Alamos National Lab and University of New Mexico.
SFCC also has partnered with the national Algae Technology Education Consortium, which develops innovative educational programs that strengthen industry workforce capabilities by focusing on skills that support the commercialization of algal products.
Agricultural managers with a focus on greenhouses or aquacultural operations can earn a median salary of $33,178, while supervisors of farming workers earn a median salary of $36,040. Greenhouse workers can earn a median salary of $21,250. According to Indeed, Algae production technicians can earn an estimated salary of $35,800 to $45,400.