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INTEGRATION OF GREEN CONCEPTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY CURRICULM FOR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIESAbstract:As the Green industries are poised for a rapid growth, Universities and workforce developmentcenters are bracing up to develop well trained workforce in renewable energy technologies tomeet the demand. This paper describes the latest advances in an educational project sponsored bythe XXX Workforce Commission to integrate renewable energy technology principles into thetechnical curriculum. This project has engaged faculty from technology programs in the XXXCollege to develop renewable technology courses to allow for the seamless integration of greentechnology principles and marketable skills into the existing technical certificate programs.The University of XXX has received funding for the expansion of their technical curriculum toinclude short-term training and certificate programs in Renewable Energy and Green Building.These programs will build the capacity of the technical curriculum by adding and expanding onexisting courses and utilizing existing learning centers to offer a green-focused trainingcurriculum. Specifically, training and certificate level courses will be offered in five differenttracks: Solar Photovoltaic Technology, Small Wind Turbine Technology, Solar ThermalTechnology, Geothermal Heating and Cooling Technology and Green Building Technology.Students can earn a 6-month Career Technical Training Certificate (co-listed for credit or non-credit) or a one-year Certificate that can be directly applied to jobs in the growing field of energyefficiency and renewable energy. The 6-month training Certificates will be accepted in fulltowards the one-year Certificates. Industry recognized certifications will be included wherepossible as an outcome. These programs will also set the foundation for students who wish tobuild their credentials, allowing credits to directly transfer to an Associate of Applied Sciencedegree in Renewable Energy Technology or a Bachelors degree in Engineering Technology.The paper will present the details of integrating pedagogy of Renewable Energy Technologycurriculum with the existing technology programs. Also, included in the discussion are thechallenges and opportunities with the vertical integration of various Green Technology programsoffered by the university.
Edinbarough, I. (2013, June), INTEGRATION OF GREEN CONCEPTS IN THE TECHNOLOGY CURRICULM FOR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIES Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19800
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