Bionomic Education Training Center Expansion (BETC)

Funded through a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant ($150,000)

PCC in partnership with Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District and Pennsylvania State University will expand the BETC program - first piloted in Durham County in 2010 - to all ten of its member counties. In the Summer of 2019, forty teachers will receive curriculum training and become rain garden certified. For the remaining two and a half years of the grant period, teachers will be delivering the curriculum and working with students to implement Stormwater Best Management Practicies, such as rain gardens, cisterns and critical area plantings. The BETC program has proven to be an effective E-STEM (Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program resulting in successful community stormwater projects and green infrastructure job training for teachers and students.

A rain garden being maintained by teachers and students.