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Old 10-16-2009, 10:17 PM
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I am a recently discharged veteran and I'm using my post 9-11 GI bill to go back to school and learn a new profession. I'm leaning toward the green energy field. Any ideas on what I should take up?
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:21 PM
 
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I am a recently discharged veteran and I'm using my post 9-11 GI bill to go back to school and learn a new profession. I'm leaning toward the green energy field. Any ideas on what I should take up?
If I were younger, I'd look into that.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:22 PM
 
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I am a recently discharged veteran and I'm using my post 9-11 GI bill to go back to school and learn a new profession. I'm leaning toward the green energy field. Any ideas on what I should take up?
My suggestion is to go into ROTC and go back into the service as an officer
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:26 PM
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My suggestion is to go into ROTC and go back into the service as an officer

I cant return to the military, I was medically discharged.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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I would think that the green energy field was something that was up and coming during the hype of the election, but like other things, it was just political BS. Might want to become a senator so you won't have to suffer the same medical plans that are planned for the rest of us under the Obama plan. Good luck on whatever choice you make.
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:47 AM
 
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With the aging of baby boomers and many with more active lifestyles I would consider a career in Prosthesis industry. This industry is expected to see strong growth for years to come.
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Old 10-17-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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I would suggest nursing home administration or assisted living home admin.

I really don't know what would be involved with preparing for a degree or certification in green energy but if you google it, you may find some info. NC State has a forestry program and I would think if any university had a degree or certification in that field, it might be them.

Also, city planning - or emergency management. I believe UNC-Pembroke has an online degree that you might check into in public administration.

Or, you might consider respiratory therapy - that is a really good field and hospitals are great places to work.
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Old 10-17-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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You didn't mention how long you wanted to be in school but a BS in engineering would open a lot of doors in the energy field. Most energy companies are going to prefer their engineers to have a PE license from the state they are working in.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:26 AM
 
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CPCC has a "green" A.S. degree - a new program in Sustainable Technologies. My DH is in it and just started on a work-study job at Habitat for Humanity doing their energy audits, and managing the processes, people, and materials for that component of Habitat's work.

Here is CPCC's link for Veterans:
From Military to College — Central Piedmont Community College (http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/Veteran%20Student%20Information - broken link)

I've been reading that we have and will continue to have a shortage in CT scan technicians, who usually start as radiology techs.

You may want to look at getting an A.S. in a program that will then allow you to transition to an NC university for another 2 years and then you get your Bachelors degree. That way you could be working in your field while pursuing that last 2 years. I'm doing that with Health Information Technology at CPCC.

You don't mention your strengths, skills, abilities, interests. Let us know, we might come up with more targeted ideas. And, hopefully, you are talking to counselors at community colleges and state schools, who can point you in the direction of assessments, etc.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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My friend's DH used his vt college fund to get some sort of engineering degree. He worked in the green energy field for a while, but I guess the prospect of moving up and making good money wasn't very good. He works for Duke now makes around 50k.
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