Sustainable Aquaculture – Certificate
Aquaculture is a booming international industry
Maine is at the center for Aquaculture Farming in the US and has seen significant investment from multiple global companies. Recent reports estimate that over 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. has to be imported creating significant potential for domestic growth. The US-based industry is fast expanding, particularly in rural areas of Maine. The development of these facilities has a strong focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness as they deploy new aquaculture facilities, specifically land-based RAC salmon farms. The fishing industry has a broad range of opportunities and employs millions of people throughout the US in areas such as water quality management, fish nutrition, fish healthcare, and plant operations.
Our Sustainable Aquaculture program provides an intensive study of the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the aquaculture industry. Being built on competency-based educational principles means that we ensure you have not only completed coursework but, equally important, have mastered all skills and materials taught, giving you a competitive edge when entering the workforce. Our Sustainable Aquaculture program is unique in Maine – delivered in a highly flexible (HyFlex) format, leveraging both live in-person and online options, from our brand-new high-tech classrooms, in New Gloucester, Maine.
How you will learn
We at TIEP believe that we have taken all the best features of in-person learning and combined them with the best parts of online learning to create an innovative experience designed to meet the needs of a modern learner. Our brand new HyFlex classrooms are located at the Unity College campus on Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. 100% of the courses taught at TIEP are leveraging the HyFlex model designed for busy learners. What this means is that all courses start with an “in-person” class where you decide if you’re attending face-to-face or virtually. These live classes supported with cutting-edge technology enable learners to ask questions (live or in chat), participate in classroom discussions and group work, as well as participate in “hands-on” labs and projects. Flexibility doesn’t end there, our state-of-the-art video recording and curating technology means that even if you must miss class (life happens) you can log in on your time and see what you missed. If you’re struggling to grasp a particular subject being discussed in class, simply go back on your own time and re-watch. After viewing the recording questions may come up and our subject matter experts (or professors) are there to help you get answers and host both virtual, and in-person support hours.
What (competencies) you learn
One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined in the Sustainable Aquaculture Program.
- Describe the state of the aquaculture and aquatic science profession and potential career opportunities
- Utilize oral and computer communication skills necessary to interact in the profession
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in taxonomy and natural history of aquatic flora and fauna of the northeast
- Demonstrate hands-on experience in aquatic sampling, inventory, and measurement techniques
- Demonstrate knowledge of laws related to aquatic fish farming
- Demonstrate the ability to complete a project while working in a team
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an online program?
Yes and no because it’s up to you. Classes are taught on a specific day and time like a traditional course, but students are free to attend in-person or online from wherever they are. Learners, who cannot attend a particular class in person because of work, childcare, or life can access the LIVE course they missed online once the class ends. Every course will have virtual “drop-in” times for learners to get help from a content expert. Often the content expert is the faculty member teaching the course.
How and where will I study?
Our classrooms are located at our brand-new building at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, with classes happening in real-time (synchronous), either in person or online. Since all our courses are taught from campus you are attending a live class regardless of your location and will be able to ask questions, participate in discussions, engage with classmates, and experience learning in the labs.
How much does it cost?
Our cost per credit is $250, and we anticipate most learners being eligible to received Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.
How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?
The process is simple, complete the FAFSA and make sure to include the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College school code 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our staff is ready and eager to help.
When do classes start?
A start date has not been finalized yet as we continue to build programs and actively work towards an anticipated launch some time in late summer or early fall 2022.
What am I going to learn?
The skills neccessary to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your specific field of study.
How many hours a day do I need to spend in class and studying?
Learners on average spend 1-2 hours outside of the class reading, studying, or doing homework for every hour they spend in a course.
How do I apply?
The application will be launched as we get closer to an official start date. Until then you should fill out an inquiry form and we will keep you up to date on our progress towards an anticipated opening in late summer or early fall 2022.