BioFuel in beakers

Biofuels Manufacturing Technology


Funded by the Illinois Green Economy Network - IGEN, Carl Sandburg College is pleased to offer the Associate in Applied Science in Biofuels Manufacturing Technology.


This program is intended for persons who desire to become professional technicians qualified for employment in the renewable energy and/or manufacturing sectors.


The technical components of the program prepare the graduate for employment as operating or technicians in the field of biodiesel production, wet and dry ethanol production, waste and water treatment, process control and chemical processing.


Biofuels Industry Growth

According to The Ethanol Industry Overview 2012, 209 U.S. ethanol plants are currently in production and is quoted as saying “The Graduates will be entering an industry that is continually adding positions.”


Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports the Biofuels Industry employs over 11,000 workers with an additional 3,700 workers needed over the next 8 years.


Illinois Green Economy Network 

The Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) was launched in 2008 as a president-led consortium of all 48 Illinois community colleges dedicated to the training and education of a green workforce and deployment of energy conservation and green technology.


The IGEN Career Pathways initiative is a collaboration of 17 Illinois community colleges divided into 5 Green Industry Sectors (Manufacturing, Architecture & Construction, STEM, Transportation/Distribution & Logistics and Agriculture & Natural Resources).  These colleges will develop, share and implement more than 30 online‐hybrid associate degrees and certificates for green economy workforce training. All curricula will be shared via the Department of Energy's innovative National Training & Education Resource (NTER) online delivery platform.


The programs will combine classroom instruction, interactive online training, and hands‐on exercises. Local, state and national business and industry partnerships will assist faculty with the task of modernizing curriculum to contain relevant workplace skills, such as critical thinking, decision making, entrepreneurship, and on‐the‐job training.


Five colleges strategically located throughout the state will develop and pilot one‐stop Adult Transition Service Centers to provide prior learning assessments, bridge program courses and refresher tutorials to help displaced workers prepare for re‐entry into college programs. Several programs will embed general education components to enable accelerated degree completion. The curricula will be reviewed by select University partners for articulation and transfer to four‐year institutions.


The IGEN Career Pathways Initiative will transform how Illinois community colleges deliver accessible and affordable green job training opportunities. This pioneering approach will increase employment of skilled workers in high demand industries in the emerging green economy.


Apply Today!

If you are interested becoming a part of this innovative new education program designed for the growing renewable energy industry, please contact:


Chuck Young, Carl Sandburg College, / 309.345.3504
Nate Friberg, Carl Sandburg College, / 309.341.5322


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