June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Development of Green Technology Curriculum This paper will discuss the development of a training program for area professionals and a BSdegree in Sustainable Energy Systems Management at ______________ University. Thecurriculum is designed to serve as a career pathway toward developing a future workforce ingreen energy technologies. The process involved the assessment of needs of the region, selectionof advisory board members, identification of core competencies, development of course and labcurricula, development of training modules for business and industry professionals, and purchaseof necessary equipment. The green technology skills that were targeted were energy efficiencyand management, planning and design of sustainable facilities, sustainable and greenconstruction, sustainable and green manufacturing, and renewable energy sources such asbiomass, solar power, and wind energy technologies.The curriculum development effort was partially funded by a grant exceeding $200,000 from theWorkforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED), a Department of Labor(DOL) agency. Per the requirements of the grant, the curriculum development also involvedcollaboration with two community colleges in the region. The degree program was designed in away so that students completing a certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degreeat the two colleges could seamlessly matriculate to the BS Technology degree.The target audiences for the proposed program are students from the region who wish to pursuethe 4-year BS degree, students who already completed the 2-year program at one of thecommunity colleges identified as partners in this effort, and business and industrial personnelseeking training programs to immediately impact the regional economy.All curricula were modeled around the body of knowledge for certification programs throughagencies such as US Department of Energy, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Association ofEnergy Engineers, National Association of Home Builder’s National Green Building Program,and US Green Building Council.
Gupta, D., & Athinarayanan, R., & Deken, B. J. (2011, June), Development of Green Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17775
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