I'm not sure what it would take for Ashworth College to upgrade it's Conservation program to a degree program, but to be truly employable in this field, a degree is needed to move ahead. Would any students in this group be interested in doing this if it became avaiable?
I would be very interested if the Conservation Diploma program was upgraded to an actual degree program. Basically, with the diploma program we are getting a brief introduction to Conservation and how things work, but there is no hands on type work and yes, to get a job in this field an actual degree is definitely required, I work with the Bureau of Reclamation, and in the same building is Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. Just about all the agencies require a degree to work as a Conservation or Natural Resources Specialist, even the entry level positions. The only advantage I have is that I already work with one of the agencies, have a BA degree in psychology and I am taking this diploma program, so I have a better opportunity of getting my foot in the door in working in conservation or natural resources. For everyone else, a BA degree is required to work for the Federal Gov't. In the private sector an associate degree would most likely help for entry level employment.
As it stands, even if I do manage to impress some manager somewhere with my initiation and enthusiasm for conservation and natural resources, I am almost assuredly going to have to take additional college courses to at least get an associate degree in Natural Resources/ Environmental Sciences in order to get the job I really want.
I would love to see this option. But it would HAVE to be a bachelors degree, to get ANYTHING. Jobs in this field are super competitive and even a bachelor's isn't a guarantee. They would need to have a bachelors, minimum. Preferably a masters. But it's like pulling teeth to get them to do the BA in Psych program. So, I wouldn't advise holding your breath.
I would love it to be a degree program, as well it would benefit all the other students taking this course an inspire them to get a degree in this feild, i personally think this is the most inspiring course, it teaches how the world works from the tiniest to the largest organism on this green planet an how we all are bound together by the resources this planet produces...
I think that it would be good if they turned it into a degree program. I decided to go for my BS in Environmental Studies in addition to this in hopes of actually being able to get into a good career with this career diploma.