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NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.934.1 - 23.934.15



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Kathleen Alfano College of the Canyons

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Dr. Kathleen Alfano is the director/PI of the NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center and has led the multi-college consortium CREATE (California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education) since its development in 1996-1997. She currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Emerging Energy Workforce. She served as a program director and co-lead for the ATE Program at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. in 2007-2008 and previously as dean of Academic Computing and Professional Programs and as a faculty member at College of the Canyons. Dr. Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA.

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NSF ATE Regional Center CREATENSF ATE grant #1002653Major Accomplishments in 2011-2012 • 2011-2012 served as a continuation for the CREATE sponsored 2010-2011 Wind Turbine Technician DACUM. The DACUM industry experts (predominantly senior wind technicians from the Tehachapi and Palm Desert wind farms) were representative of the different regions in California. Regional DACUM profiles and materials were produced from the November 30, 2010 and December 1st and 2nd, 2010. In the Fall of 2011 and the Spring of 2012, after an intensive gap analysis between the DACUM results and the curriculum of Cerro Coso Community College, faculty at Cerro Coso College have developed a series of 23 courses that are extensively mapped to this DACUM and have been reviewed and approved by the curriculum committee for degree and certificate pathways. • After completing NABCEP solar certification through workshops sponsored by the Department of Energy Solar Training Network, CREATE faculty from several different colleges have developed solar PV and solar thermal course sequences and certifications and these have been mapped into a NABCEP cross-college skill map to aid collaboration and articulation. • Kid Wind Teacher Workshops were presented at five Central and Southern California locations for over 100 middle and high school teachers and the resulting pre and post evaluation data showed a high degree of improvement in teacher content knowledge and attitude toward wind energy curriculum and teaching. • Five Kid Wind Student Regional Competitions were hosted with co-sponsorship from the wind industry and the highest performing student teams competed at the Kid Wind Student finals co-supported by CA State grant funding, CREATE, AWEA, industry partners and KidWind at the AWEA national conference in Atlanta, GA June 4 (middle school students) and June 5 (high school students). (Information is available at the Kid Wind site at: • CREATE hosted another successful Teaching Skills Workshop (an intensive microteaching experience now in its tenth year) for renewable energy technical faculty from four California community colleges in January 2012. A new on-line Getting Results using NSF/WGBH Boston material was being pilot tested in the Spring of 2012.Upcoming for March 2013: The NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center has been awarded a supplementto conduct a U.S.-Australia Renewable Energy Learning Exchange and Network. Fifteento twenty community college faculty in the areas of solar, wind, energy efficiency,geothermal, and biofuels will travel to Australia to exchange best practices with theircounterparts at the Australia TAFE and will disseminate lessons learned in the U.S.

Alfano, K. (2013, June), NSF ATE CREATE Renewable Energy Center Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22319

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