SIPI Starts Industrial Hygiene Program

Feb 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 7-4: Wildlife Management, Tribal College News

To meet the environmental protection and containment needs of Native American communities, the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., has initiated an Environmental Science and Industrial Hygiene program. The SIPI board of regents had asked the institute to prepare students for jobs in the new technologies.

Students can choose either the three-trimester certificate or the five-trimester Associate of Applied Science degree. The program provides students with the skills they need to serve as certified professionals. Graduates will be able to monitor air quality, remediate water pollution, identify radiation problems, supervise mine safety, develop safety plans, abate lead, and research environmental problems.

The program has drawn the interest of tribal environmental protection offices in the Southwest. For example, Kurt Sandoval, program director of the Jicarilla Apache Environmental Protection Office, said he hopes his staff could utilize the SIPI program, perhaps through distance learning, to become certified or re-certified in various environmental management areas. SIPI plans to make all of its graduates’ resumes available to employers on the worldwide web: http://www.sipi.tec.nm.us.

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