De Anza College has been actively involved in Facility and Sustainable Building Management education and training since January 2016. De Anza students completed the first ever IFMA Foundation Global Workforce Initiative‐ Essentials of Facility Management (EoFM) pilot program in June 2016. Seven students from that pilot program are employed today in Facility Management careers. We also put into curriculum the first Facility Management Associate Degree in the California Community College system in September 2016.
Our program has continued to grow rapidly since then. We currently have over 85 students pursuing a Certificate of Achievement or AS Degree in Facility and Sustainable Building Management (FSBM). Each year, our student enrollment increases along with the number of students graduating with FSBM Certificates or Degrees. Many of our students are hired within 3 months of graduating.
Our program is unique as it’s coordinated and combined with our Energy Management and Building Science (EMBS) program. Our EMBS program is focused on energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Not only do we require Business, Accounting and Management courses as part of our Facility Management Associate Degree, we expect students to master courses in Green Buildings, LEED, Building Code Compliance, Building Automation, Sustainable and Energy Efficient Buildings , Environmental Health and Safety, Real Estate, and Computer Science and Networking.
A student majoring in Facility Management at De Anza can also earn a Certificate or Degree in Energy Management and Building Science at the same time by taking very few additional courses. Many of the same courses fulfill requirements for both degrees. In California, Senate Bill SB 350 calls for 5 billion square feet of commercial floor space to meet or exceed high emission reduction levels by 2030 with full implementation of SB 350 continuing through the year 2050.
Companies hiring our graduates tell us our educational focus on sustainability and energy efficient buildings is a differentiating factor in their hiring decision. The future is bright for our facility management graduates who’ve gained additional knowledge and expertise of sustainability in the built environment.
The De Anza Facility and Sustainable Building Management Certificate and Degree can be earned 100% online. We currently have a number of students across the US and even in other countries taking courses in our program. Furthermore, students who prefer a hands on approach are able to take classes on campus in the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies‐ “The Building That Teaches Sustainability and Stewardship”. The Kirsch Center is the very first building in the California Community College system to earn a USGBC “Platinum” rating. Every single class that is a requirement for our degree is offered at least once each Academic Year. Many students complete our program in 12‐15 months.