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Submitter's Information


Jazmin Guzman


Administrative Assistant


Los Angeles


Santa Monica College

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CTE Dean's Name

Patricia Ramos

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Program Details

Program Title

Wildlife and Fisheries Aquaculture Entry-Level

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Wildlife and Fisheries (011520)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

This is a two-level certificate program that prepares students for entry- and middle-skill (level 1), and for higher-skill work (level 2) for the burgeoning Blue Economy in Southern California, including the aquaculture industry. The program emphasizes workforce preparation at the interface of global climate change and sustainability. With consideration for environmental change, additionally, this program addresses conservation and restoration practices for endangered species.

Enrollment Completer Projections


Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

to train students for entry level skills in aquaculture, aquarium science and restoration aquaculture.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)

level 1 certificate: 9 & level 2 certificate: 8, for a total of 17

Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

While there are two other community colleges in southern California that offer some form of aquaculture program, no other program will train students to be competitive in such a breadth of occupations as does this program. This is currently a small market that needs a skilled workforce, and is expected to increase greatly in the future, as the need for food security and endangered species restoration intensifies. Some entry-level jobs can pay upwards of $32/hr. Additionally, the program is designed to enable students to continue to add skills through the level 2 certificate while still working in the industry.

This stacked certificate program fulfills the need to provide students with occupations with a living wage, with the possibility of essential paid benefits as well. Additionally, this program will provide a pathway for students who may be interested in transferring to a four-year university.

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
Certificate Level 1 

Aqua 1Introduction to Aquaculture: History, Ecology and Sustainability 
Aqua 2
Applications in Aquaculture – System Design, Monitoring and Maintenance 
Aqua 88BIndependent Studies in Aquaculture

Certificate Level 2

Aqua 3Microbiology and Genetics for Aquaculture
Aqua 4
Husbandry and Life Support in Aquaculture and Aquarium Science 
Aqua 5
Advanced Topics in Aquaculture
Aqua 10B
2Y1 or Y2

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LA Workforce Council Voting Member

Patricia Ramos


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Reason for program recommendation request

New Program

Place of program in college's curriculum/similar program
This is a stacked certificate of achievement program from the Life Sciences Department.
List similar programs at other colleges in the Los Angeles Region
There are currently no community college certificate programs in Aquaculture offered in Los Angeles or Orange County community colleges. Our research suggests that the closest program is at the College of the Redwoods (northern California), where they offer a Certificate of Achievement and an AS degree in Aquaculture Technology.
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Priority Sector

Life Science/Biotech

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Submission Details

Published at

05/23/23 - 12:53 PM



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