Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies

Environmental Training Center

Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) is an integral part of the California Community Colleges and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, investing funding and resources in agriculture, water and environmental technologies.

You may tap our many resources and services in two ways.

#1 Become a Doing What Matters Business Partner: If you are interested in advising our regional teams about how to leverage funding and design curriculum to meet the needs of the agriculture, water and environmental technologies industry, contact our Sector Navigator below.

#2 Tap into our Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technology Services: EWD's industry-specific workforce services are coordinated by Deputy Sector Navigators who align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors that result in highly specialized industry training, technical consulting and business development. Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies (AWET) businesses can access the Environmental Training Center for services.

The AWET sector provides a foundation for careers in the agriculture industry:

  • Curriculum Development in emerging careers, and state aligned C-ID curriculum that supports transfer model degrees
  • Food Safety auditing training
  • Professional development for educators
  • Statewide collaboration of secondary, community college and university educators

The AWET sector provides assistance for water-focused projects:

  • Career pathways
  • Employer surveys to identify water job, education and experience requirements for each position
  • Collaborative of educators in the water/wastewater field
  • Statewide curriculum that prepares for industry certification in irrigation
  • Educator trainings

Training provided to mitigate environmental regulatory impact includes:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Hazardous material handling
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Emergency response
  • 40, 24, and 8-hour-HAZWOPER
  • Standardized Emergency Management Systems
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training
  • CPR/AED and/or First Aid training
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Toxic release inventory federal EPA
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Fit Testing
  • Energy Management Conservation

Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies Website:

Doing What Matters for Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies

A California Community Colleges program

Contact Information

Sector Navigator

Statewide Sector Navigator

Nancy Gutierrez
Phone: 559-637-2530

Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry
Sector Navigator

Deputy Sector Navigators

Region A
Northern Inland
Northern Coastal
Greater Sacramento

Heather Kelnhofer
Phone: 530-242-7636

Carrie Peterson
interim through 7/1/2017
Phone: 530-668-2531 or 209-602-4288

Julie Blacklock
on leave through 7/1/2017
Phone: 530-668-2531

Region B
SF/San Mateo, East Bay, Silicon Valley
North Bay, Santa Cruz/Monterey

David Esmaili
Phone: 408-741-4693

Region C
Central Valley
Mother Lode

Lori Marchy
Phone: 209-575-6449

Region D
South Central Coast

Holly Nolan Chavez
Phone: 805-922-6966 x5276

Environmental Training Center Contact:


Holly Nolan Chavez
DSN South Central Coast Region
Phone: 805-922-6966 x5276

Environmental Training Centers (ETC)
A California Community Colleges program

“We needed experience, accuracy and tireless determination to conduct an exhaustive survey of all our on-site chemical storage. We needed expertise to get it right and ETC delivered.”

Oakley, Inc.
Foothill Ranch, CA