Sage Scholars

The SAGE (Sustainability Awareness & Global Education) Scholars Program is a college-wide program to globalize and green any associate degree at North Lake College.  

The SAGE Scholars Program recognizes students who have completed volunteer service activities and coursework with assignments focused on real world issues in the global society, world economy, and physical environment. SAGE Scholar Graduates receive an Honorary Green Cord for graduation regalia. 

Graduating from North Lake College?

Please complete this online form: North Lake College SAGE Scholars Graduation Form,
 by April 15, 2019 in order to be included in the printed graduation program. You will receive instructions of when and where to pick up your honorary SAGE Scholars Green Cord the week before graduation.  

SAGE Scholar Requirements:

  • Any Associate Degree available at North Lake College
  • Earn a 'C' or better in 12.0 credit hours of approved SAGE courses and instructors
  • At least 3.0 credits in each of the four areas: Global Citizenship, Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Society
  • 20 volunteer hours by the time of graduation (Service Learning volunteer options)

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Courses are available in more than 20 subjects. For example, course subjects such as Arts, Biology, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Construction, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Finance, Geology, Government, History, Humanities, Logistics, Management, Math, Microbiology, Mortgage Banking, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech Communications.

2017-18 North Lake College SAGE Scholars Courses and Instructors.pdf and review your options before you register for classes.

Volunteer hours are available through the North Lake College Service Learning Program, DCCCD, or community organizations. Students should complete all Service Learning Forms here for volunteer hours completion and verification for SAGE Scholars requirement of 20 volunteer hours. 

Any Associate Degree from North Lake College can add this graduation distinction. For a complete list of Associate Degrees please click here. SAGE Scholars Courses at North Lake College also transfer to the Sustainability Scholars Program at Mountain View College and the Green Cord Program at Cedar Valley College.

Want to Study Abroad or in Hawaii?

DCCCD offers study abroad trips to more than 10 countries and the Hawaiian Islands. North Lake College offers programs in Hawaii, the Texas Gulf Coast, Austria and Germany. 

Current students of any of the DCCCD colleges or any North Texas Community Colleges may apply for any trips that are open to students.  Trips restricted to faculty or staff are noted below. 

Trips for Students:

  • Hawaii, United States—Hawaii Field Studies, North Lake College, January 2-12, 2018 (Full)
  • Aix-en-Provence, France—May Term Study Abroad, Richland College, May 11-June 4, 2018
  • London, England—Criminal Justice Club, Brookhaven College, May 12-22, 2018
  • Salzburg, Austria—Global Citizenship Alliance; STUDENT, All DCCCD Colleges, May 22-29, 2018 - Students interested in the GCA Trip to Salzburg must be a member in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Dundee, Scotland— Art Metals, Brookhaven College, June 12-29 2018
  • Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto, Japan—Chorale Society Performances. Brookhaven College, June 12-22, 2018. (Full)
  • Hawaii, United States—Hawaii Field Studies, North Lake College, June 18-July 2, 2018.
  • Alicante, Spain—Study Spanish in Spain! Mountain View College, July 7-August 5, 2018
  • Quito, Ecuador—Pediatric Nursing Clinical, Brookhaven College, July 15-26, 2018
  • British Isles, England, Ireland and Wales—Literature, Richland College, May 20-30, 2019
  • Certaldo, Italy—Ceramics, Brookhaven College, TBD, 2019

Trips for Faculty and Staff:

  • Aix-en-Provence, France—DCCCD Professional Development: Global Awareness, Richland College, May 18-28, 2018. Not open to students.
  • Saigon, Danang, Hanoi, Vietnam—Fulbright Faculty Curriculum Development, Richland, College July 10-August 9, 2018. Not open to students. (Full)
  • Potsdam, Germany—Global Citizenship Alliance; STAFF, All DCCCD Colleges, July 14-21, 2018. Not open to students.

Please note that these trips are currently in the planning stages. For more information or to express interest in attending, contact Dr. Grant Sisk at or

What is a SAGE designated course?

A SAGE designated course includes topics and assignments focused on sustainability, and classroom practices that reduce impact on the environment and our community.

Sustainability means meeting the needs of today's generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three tenets of sustainability, or triple-bottom-line, are Economy, Environment, and Society. There are over 80 green courses available for almost every associate degree program. 

Course subjects include: Arts, Biology, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Construction, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Finance, Geology, Government, History, Humanities, Mortgage Banking, Logistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Speech Communications.
Course availability varies by semester.  You can browse the Course Catalog for specific course offering in each semester. 

Download the list of SAGE Courses and Professors (PDF), and review your options before you register for classes.

Jobs for SAGE Scholars?

Green jobs are available for almost every career – Business, Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Public Administration, Retail Sales, Recycling, Research, Science Transportation, Waste Management and Water Resources, and many more.

Companies, Sports Teams, Schools, Government and Non-Profit Organizations offer green jobs. Salaries for green jobs start at $10.00/hour and can be as high as $250,000/year, depending on education and experience.

For more information about leading companies and organizations that practice sustainability, please visit the ‘Sustainability Consortium’Retail Industry Leadership Association Sustainability’, or ‘Triple Bottom Line’.

Transfer Options to Texas Public and Private Universities

More than 35 colleges and universities in Texas offer sustainability-focused and/or sustainability-related Certificates, Minors, or Bachelor Degrees, including:

 For more information about these university programs, please click on the correspsonding links above and contact that university department or their advising center. 

Professional Associations and Job Postings

Agriculture and Applied Economics Association
United States Green Building Council


Please see your academic advisor  in the Advising Center in A-400 for specific details.  

If you have additional questions about the SAGE Scholars Program, please contact the Sustainability Coordinator, Brandon Morton at or 972-273-3392.