Education institutions must acknowledge that students come to environmental education with their own experiences and potentially little knowledge of the industry. Students may have some conceptual knowledge and understanding of environmental systems and human communities’ influence on those systems; however, that understanding may be insufficient to connect traditional environmental science concepts to environmental industry careers. This paper aims to outline the steps taken by one large, online institution of higher education, serving non-traditional adult learners, to better prepare students for the environmental science workforce by bridging the college-to-career gap between academics and industry.
Note: This white paper is published as an article in Industry and Higher Education.
Kelly, J., Gielstra, D., Oberding, T. J., Bruno, J., & Hadley, S. (2023). Uniting academia and industry to bridge the skills gap: Incorporating industry advisory councils in Curriculum-to-Careers Programmatic Mapping in undergraduate environmental science programs. Industry and Higher Education, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/09504222231175413.