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Green Program/Course Listings

This database highlights profiles of community college green job training programs and courses from across the country. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Rather, it is the beginning of a resource that SEED, with the assistance of community college self-reporting, will periodically update and refine.

Note: These are not necessarily nationally recognized programs. The SEED Center started with colleges that have taken some leadership role with regard to green training and sustainability, either through the ACUPCC, the SEED Presidents Advisory Cabinet or other means.

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 Coursera offers a variety of free online classes focused on sustainability and the environmental sciences, most of which can be taken for college credit or to earn a stand-alone certificate.  A few of the subjects covered include: general sustainability studies, waste management, the green economy, environmental law, renewable energy and climate change.  Check out their website for a full updated list of classes offered.

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The Smart Energy Training Center offers hands-on training for the following degrees and programs: Air Conditioning Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)/Surveying, Electrical Technology, Information Technology and Welding Technology.  The center includes solar panels, home automation capabilities, a large wiring closet, emergency power hook-up capabilities, a geo-thermal training unit, energy audit testing equipment, heat pump training units, air condition training units, grid-tie-in capability, wood and aluminum framing, PCL units, earthquake building specifications and a conference/training area with smart classroom technology.

2-Year Degree, Certificate
An advanced course in the proper design and installation of NEC code-compliant solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for use on residential and commercial buildings. Course includes: sizing of solar electric systems; specification of system components; and sizing of DC/AC wiring. Prepares students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Professional Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Installer certification exam after meeting all of the experience requirements.

Lansing Community College offers an Associate's Degree in Alternative Energy Engineering Technology. Alternative energy students study wind, solar, geothermal, energy efficiency, and bio-mass/gas energy production systems to develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in developing a renewable energy economy.

Associate's in Applied Science Degree in Alternative Energy Engineering Technology5 Certificates: Alternative Energy Engineering Technology; Energy Efficiency Technician; Geothermal Technician; Solar Energy Technician; Wind Turbine Technician.
This certificate program will prepare students to meet the industry-specific skills needed for technicians in the new and emerging alternative and renewable energy fields, including occupational titles such as Electrical Technician, Industrial Engineering Technician, Solar Photovoltaic Installer and Solar Power Plant Technician, Solar Thermal Installer and Technician, Energy Auditor and Smart Grid Technician. This program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in occupations related to energy production, distribution and storage.

Credits earned in this certificate also apply to the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering Technology.

College Credit Certificate
The Wind Turbine Technology program encompasses a wide range of electrical, mechanical and computer skills required to compete in the emerging alternate energy- wind turbine industry. Individuals will be prepared for a range of analysis, installation and maintenance assignments associated with the wind turbine industry.

Associate Degree
The Associate Degree Program in Alternative Energy/Wind Turbine Technology prepares the student for employment as a wind turbine technician. Duties of a wind turbine technician include operating and maintaining giant wind turbine units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance.

Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle program is a cooperative venture among Gateway Community College, the New England Gas Association (NEGA), and the Connecticut Gas Companies. Classes address the preparation of a vehicle for conversion to compressed natural gas; installing natural gas components, fuel systems, and emission control devices; maintenance procedures for needed repairs; inspection of emission control devices; and fuel storage and delivery systems. Furthermore, the program presents theories and principles of using natural gas engines in vehicles. These include diagnostic and repair procedures for natural gas components, supplemental systems, and fuel delivery systems. This program also prepares students for the new National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification examination.

In an economy where more consumers are searching for relief from wildly fluctuating fuel costs, natural gas and electric drive vehicles are becoming increasingly viable alternatives and the demand for automotive technicians with skills to service alternative fuel engines is growing fast. The Continuing Education division of Austin Community College is an accredited National Training Center affiliated with NAFTC, and our Alternative Fuels Training Center for the Central Texas Area is dedicated to the future of alternative fuels.

Continuing Education
This AAS degree is designed to meet the growing need of environmentally sustainable building design and construction, as performed by AAS-educated and certificate-prepared technicians who serve architectural, design, construction and other building-related organizations.

Associate of Applied Science Degree
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