©2002 Environmental Education Outreach Program & Northern Arizona University
Chapter 2, Section 3:
Working in air quality management is not limited to people with an engineering degree. Jobs in air quality management range from field monitor technicians with an Associate Degree or certification from a 2-year college, to environmental scientists with Bachelor or Master degrees, or with Doctorates in atmospheric chemistry. Air quality is disturbed by fire, dust, industrial pollutants and vehicle emissions that can reduce visibility, impair breathing, corrode structures and harm plant and animal communities. The horizon has been dimmed by polluted air. We see less and breathe less and we can no longer clearly view the horizon and the boundaries of our world. We must restore purity to the air.
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The Learning Never Ends
Despite her success, Mary Kay felt the need for more learning. She needed more understanding of the science of environmental systems and sharper administrative skills to manage tribal enterprises. She enrolled at South Mountain Community College, then transferred to Northern Arizona University to work on a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science with an emphasis in administration and policy.
Mary has said that “changing habits of a community is not easy, and today most communities have bad habits that can potentially harm their health.” Her advice to high schoolers is to have fun while keeping the future in sight. “Learn how school subjects can be applied to specific professions. Learn self control and discipline. And finally, be yourself and never be afraid to ask for help. Read, read, read, so you will be prepared for the amount of reading required in any course in college. Be healthy, happy and absolutely persevere in all your dreams, and aspire to be the best—never accept limits.
Last updated: May 27, 2005