Two Franklin County women were among 20 who graduated from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council’s Professional Environmental Educator Certification program Monday.

Ashley Brown and Jeri Howell were honored at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda for completing the eight-month program, which is one of only three national certification programs accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

“We are excited and proud to have the addition of the inaugural members of the Environmental Education Leadership Corps in our class today, and we hope that they have found this course to be a positive experience that will help them in their future employment,” said Billy Bennett, executive director of the KEEC.

Certified Professional Environmental Educators are required to complete annual continuing education to renew their certification. Those who renewed for at least six years receive the Master Environmental Educator designation.

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