________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 1 . . . . September 7, 2001

cover Envirocareers/Envirocarrieres. Kit. EnviroCareers: An Introduction to Careers in the Environment Sector.

The Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environmental Industry (CCHREI), 2001.
25 min., VHS, Free.
ISBN 0-9687612-1-6.

Subject Headings:
Environmental science-Vocational guidence-Canada.

Minimum System Requirements

4X CD player (Mac or PC)
Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
800x600 (or higher) monitor resolution
Windows 95 or later, or MacIntosh System 7.5.3 or later

Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.

Review by Joanne Peters.

***1/2 /4

Concern for and about the environment is at an all-time high: conferences, media events, and concerns about the safety of our food and water continually remind us all of the need to take responsibility for the earth's future. Although many high school students share that concern and interest, many are largely unaware of how they can pursue a career in environmental work. This resource package, consisting of a CD-ROM, a short video, a guidebook, and a "facilitator's guide," produced by the Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environmental Industry (CCHREI), provides a variety of media through which students can explore the many dimensions of work in the environmental sector. Organized around five main themes (Protect, Conserve, Promote, Explore and Manage), the guidebook provides detailed descriptions of 31 different career profiles. The profiles are also featured in the EnviroCareers CD and the EnviroCareers web site at http://www.cchrei.ca/ec, with enhancements that are particularly appealing to students. The "Skills and Interests Checklist" is interactive in the CD version, and the web version offers links to a variety of environmental education programs at colleges, universities, technical institutes, and CEGEP's across Canada. Both the web site and the CD are well-designed, visually appealing, and very easy-to-navigate. The video included in the kit is also a highly professional production, but I question the need to include it, as the content really didn't add anything which the print or electronic media hadn't already presented very effectively.

      Whether students explore a career using print or electronic media, the profiles all share a consistent format: each profile presents job duties, needed background knowledge and training, an assessment of the skills and interests needed for the job, a list of typical employers for that job, salary levels, and a short profile of someone who actually works in that field. Although nearly all of the jobs profiled demand some type of post-secondary training, university education is not always a necessity and the training offered at technical colleges/institutes is certainly valued. Students not planning on a university education may not consider how they can channel interest in environmental work into interesting employment, and this resource kit offers that information.

      Also included in the kit is a "Facilitator's Guide" for teachers. It provides fifteen complete lesson plans which link to the five main themes described above and curricular content for courses offered in a number of provinces. A Curricular Matrix at the end of the "Facilitator's Guide" suggests possible course connections, but I think that teachers would have to examine the lessons and the accompanying resources (video, CD, tabloid and newsletter) to determine how they would incorporate them. Given that this type of resource kit would typically be used by guidance or school-to-work transition personnel, I'm not certain that the lessons would necessarily be readily accessible to the teaching audience for whom they were intended.

      Available both in English and in French, the EnviroCareers resource kit is a very useful resource for career education: school guidance departments and school-to-work career education programs would find it useful, as would special resource centers housing career counseling centers and public libraries. Most students would be able to navigate the CD quite readily on their own, and the web site's easy interface make it easily accessible. Equally important, teachers delivering career education programs will find the media easy-to-use, and that's a major consideration. But more than anything else, this resource kit presents job information in a format that is interesting and thought provoking. As the field continues to evolve, let's hope that CCHREI will offer updates to this package.

Highly Recommended.

Joanne Peters is a teacher-librarian at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, MB.

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