Maturation of Clean-Tech Education Is Reflected in Growing Number of College Programs
While the sustainable technology sector continues to grow, colleges nationwide are launching programs for students in pursuit of training, degrees and work experience in a number of clean-tech industries. Savannah Technical College, in Savannah, Ga., is among the latest schools that will be offering sustainable technology programs with hands-on learning starting this fall. STC’s programs, which will cover green building construction, sustainable energy production, energy efficiency and energy management, are said to be the first of their kind in the state of Georgia.
The college announced its program this month, citing that they are in response to “career growth trends for residential weatherization, energy auditors with [Environmental Protection Agency] licensure, alternative energy sources [such as] solar thermal and wind power, as well as the specialized electrician certification required for photovoltaic installations,” in a press release.
“Savannah Technical College has taken the lead in developing programs that provide students the training they need to be at the forefront of these rapidly growing career pathways,” said Tal Loos, the school’s dean of industrial technology.
STC will offer a solar energy installation and repair program, in addition to hands-on learning and training in wind energy and photovoltaic systems as part of the electrical specialization track. The structural specialization track covers energy-efficient measures and systems and green building construction technologies.
The rise of sustainable technology programs at technical colleges, as well as universities, around the country is a promising sign for the green job sector. In 2010, the U.S. News University Connection reported on the widespread launch of sustainable technology degree programs. Pennsylvania State University was highlighted for offering an energy and sustainability policy program.
In addition to sustainable technology programs, green manufacturing education is also emerging. ThomasNet.com Green & Clean reported earlier this month on developments at some schools that are working toward establishing green manufacturing degree programs.