Bionomic Education Training Centers

Durham Soil & Water Conservation District
North Carolina

BETC is a workforce development training program with curriculum that teaches students how to design and install stormwater management projects like rain gardens and cisterns, while also helping students to understand bionomics, or the relationship of oneself within our environment. The partnership between the Durham District and Southern has resulted in a sustainable business model where, through BETC curriculum and the installation of stormwater management projects, students experience real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); earn service hours towards graduation; and develop green infrastructure job skills.