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Training programs, workforce development, community colleges, professional certificationsIRECTrainers, community colleges, educatorsIREC’s expert team works closely with the Regional Training Providers, and develops highly-acclaimed resources for trainers and training programs, including the Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices Series, the Solar Career Map, and Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials. These resources are indispensable to the successful growth of existing training programs, and fundamental for trainers seeking to develop their own solar programs. The Best Practices Series is a compendium of national curriculum models of solar training, education and workforce development curriculum, in web-based and PDF versions.http://www.irecusa.org/workforce-education/solar-instructor-training-network/trainer-resources/These in-depth resources support instructors in: Developing new solar programs; Integrating solar into related trades programs; Enhancing existing solar education and training programs
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Solar Content IntegrationIRECTrainers, community colleges, educatorsThe guide features examples of programs that address a broad spectrum of practitioner and professional needs, ranging from apprenticeship programs for the electrical construction trades to technician programs at the community college level to academic and professional degree programs at the baccalaureate and master degree levels are featured. This guide is specifically directed at faculty and administrators at educational institutions interested in updating, improving, and enriching their curriculum by integrating solar content.http://www.irecusa.org/workforce-education/solar-instructor-training-network/trainer-resources/solar-content-integration/
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Best Practices for Solar Course DesignIRECTrainers, community colleges, educatorsBest practices for designing a quality solar energy education course. This paper explores the process of developing a quality course, unit, or lesson and the instructional models and practices that can be used for solar education and training.http://my.solarroadmap.com/userfiles/Developing-Quality-Course_SITN.pdf
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Database; training programs, community colleges, higher edSEED CenterTrainers, community colleges, educatorsThese resources and materials have been vetted by industry and education experts, and while not in the form of specific educator tools, will assist in creating quality curricula for your classroom. Included resources: Certifications and Industry Credentials, Employment & Industry Projections, Innovative Practices & Partnerships, Skill Sets, Competencies, & Career Pathways, Professional Development Resources, Policy & Funding Sources.http://www.theseedcenter.org/Resources/Resource-Center?tagid=51&catid=6
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Training programs, workforce development, community colleges, professional certificationsKankakee Community CollegeTrainers, community colleges, educatorsKCC offers a Solar-Photovoltaic certificate and specialization track in the Electrical Technology program. The Introduction to Solar-Photovoltaic Technology course, ELTR 2334, explores the design, installation and use of solar-photovoltaic power systems for consumer and commercial applications. Students will receive hands-on lab experience, sizing, installing and maintaining solar-photovoltaic electrical generating systems.http://www.kcc.edu/res/training/Pages/photovoltaic.aspxThe solar-photovoltaic course prepares students: For entry-level work as a designer, installer, troubleshooter, and maintenance technician for solar-photovoltaic power systems. To perform successfully on the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. To perform successfully on the MREA PV Solar Site Assessment Certificate Exam.
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Undergraduate and Post-graduate course offeringsCU-Boulder, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, NRELUndergraduate and Graduate StudentsBroad collective of course offered through Chemistry, Architectural Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, Center for Education on Social Responsibility, Law, etchttp://rasei.colorado.edu/education/energy-coursesNREL might be able to provide insight on this since they helped develop some of the courses.
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University Programs: Law SchoolCU LawLaw StudentsExamines renewable energy and how legal topics impact financing projects. Reviews structure, regulation, and functioning of electric energy industry and laws applicable to development, ownership and operation of renewable energy projects across technologies. Addresses legal policy, economic and financing issues associated with expansion and improvement of the transmission grid to support renewable energy development.http://lawweb.colorado.edu/courses/courseSection.jsp?id=LAWS6732&term=20141Professor Mark Safty teaches the course each Spring, could reach out to ask for specifics re: curriculum.
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K-12, solar 101National Energy Education Project (NEED)K-12Broad collection of free resources: -provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate installed photovoltaic systems into the classroom learning environment -Secondary students learn how solar energy is used to generate electricity. Students are introduced to photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar power, and developing solar technologies. -Activities explore how photovoltaic cells work and what variables affect their electrical output. http://www.need.org/solarFree curriculum for educational purposes.
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K-12, vocational and higher educational grade levels curriculum.Borrego SolarK-12, vocational, Higher EdLessons range from the very basic concept of sustainability to the more complex physics behind how solar works and technical real-world applications. Developed by Borrego Solar, a national leader in developing solar power installations for private and publc K12 and higher education facilities.http://www2.borregosolar.com/l/19522/2013-05-10/klq7Free curriculum for educational purposes.
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University Programs: Graduate studies Fellowship Program in Clean energyClean Energy for Green Industry at UCLAPost-gradThe Clean Energy for Green Industry IGERT (CGI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is designed to train U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers for leadership roles in the clean energy sector--university-industry-government. Emphasis is placed on economic expansion through transformational research, new business, highly trained workforce development, equity and inclusion. The Clean Green IGERT addresses the urgent societal challenge of meeting increasing energy needs without further negatively affecting the environment.http://cleanenergy.ucla.edu/about.htmlProgram geared specifically towards PhD scientists and engineers
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Certificate training program: for solar prodessionalsSolar Energy InternationalProfessionalsThe SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program is a selective admissions program to help ensure the success of our students and provide a quality workforce for the solar industry.http://www.solarenergy.org/sei-solar-professionals-certificate-program/They offer several different certificate aimed at PV installers, Renewable energy professionals, solar professional trainers, Solar Business and Technical Sales professionals, Battery Based PV systems, and International and Developing World Applications professionals
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List of Colleges and Universities offering programs in energy efficiency and renewable energyDOEHigher Edhttp://energy.gov/eere/education/colleges-and-universitiesList of higher ed programs nationwide, workshops and university
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Workshop for aspiring solar professionalsAppalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State UniversityHigher EdThis 40-hour workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts, tools, techniques and materials needed to design and construct both battery-based and grid-direct photovoltaic systems. The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the NABCEP Entry level PV exam and includes the fee for the test.http://energy.appstate.edu/workshops/328Workshop format but could be adapted to university format for professional and vocational training
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University Programs: Minor in Sustainable Energy Systems EngineeringClarkson UniversityHigher EdMinor in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Clarkson University offers a Minor in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering to all students who meet the prerequisite requirements. Our reliance on energy-rich sources of fossil fuels has enabled growth of modern society, increasing our mobility, industrial growth, domestic comfort, abundant food supply, and economic prosperity. Engineers are among the many types of professionals that need to understand the limits of our present energy systems and lead us to a future in which we can continue to provide reasonable energy resources for human quality of life. This minor emphasizes that all engineering disciplines are necessary to develop and assess technologies to both increase the efficiency of our energy use and advance renewable and alternative energy sources. A total of 21 credits is required for this minor. Depending upon the student’s major, between 9 – 12 hours of this 21 credit total are in addition to the major’s core requirements.http://www.clarkson.edu/cses/ses-minor.htmlCourse information: http://www.clarkson.edu/cses/pdf/Energy_Minor.pdf
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University Programs: Renewable Generation Technology Associate DegreeBismarck State CollegeHigher EdThe Renewable Generation Technology program provides students an introduction to many sources of renewable power including wind, solar, fuel cells, and others. The program includes basic operation principles as well as maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. Graduates will be prepared to work in wind turbine "farms", solar generation facilities, commercial or industrial plants, or in any other industry where knowledge of many types of systems and control equipment is required.http://energy.bismarckstate.edu/uploads/resources/191/reng.pdf
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University Programs: BS in Alternative and Renewable Energy ManagementEverglades UniversityHigher EdThe Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management enables students to explore the exciting field of Alternative and Renewable Energy Management with courses in Solar Energy and Photovoltaics; Energy and the Environment; Alternative Energy Safety; Nuclear Energy; Wind Energy; Geothermal Energy; Hydroelectric Energy; and Managing an Alternative Energy Project. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, global awareness, management skills, organizational behavior, critical thinking, codes and standards, and construction and environmental regulations and requirements. Graduates of this program will be prepared for productive management careers in the alternative and renewable energy environment.
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Specific resources for energy/solar 101: presentations, videos, activitiesNOAA; climate.govHigher EdFind and download scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate's influence on you and society and your influence on climate. -solar PV basics, Earth's energy system, energy 101https://www.climate.gov/teaching/resources/education/college-lower-13-14?keywords=solarhave resources for k-upper college
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University Programs: Bachelors and Master programs offered in Engineering with focus on energy resources and environmental techHumboldt State UniversityHigher EdBroad offerings in science and policy, especially focusing on PV systems and reserach opportunities in Solar Energy Labhttp://www2.humboldt.edu/engineering/academics/undergraduate-emphases/energy-resourcesElectives include Solar Thermal Engineering and Renewable Energy Power Systems
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University Programs: Energy Studies MinorMITHigher EdThe goal of MIT's Energy Studies Minor is to produce multi-dimensional graduates with both subject-specific knowledge and integrative understanding across a variety of energy issues. Energy permeates almost all disciplines at MIT. MIT's unique approach is to integrate undergraduate energy education across all the schools, all the departments, and all the programs that MIT offershttp://mitei.mit.edu/education/energy-minorCourse work includes Fundamentals of PV design but broad energy coverage
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University Programs: Online MBA in Sustainable BusinessMarylhurst UniversityHigher EdRenewable Energy Concentration option that includes an Alternative and Renewable Energies course aimed at providing students with strong understanding of the technologies associated with renewable and sustainable energy sources, as well as addressing operational issues associated with production, storage, transportation, distribution and industrial or consumer use of energyhttp://onlinedegrees.marylhurst.edu/green-mba/
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University Programs: Renewable Energy TechnologyNorth Carolina State University: NC Clean Energy Technology CenterHigher Ed and continuing educationThe award winning, IREC ISPQ-accredited Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series (RETDS) is a continuing-education training program that provides:
-nationally awarded training
-numerous professional certifications and pathways to certifications
-continuing education credits for professionals
-an NCSU continuing education diploma
-the industries’ most qualified instructors (see individual course pages)
-technical theory and hands-on training
-information on current policies and technologies
-a support network of experienced renewable energy professionals
http://nccleantech.ncsu.edu/education-training/workforce-development-2/renewable-energy-technologies-diploma-series/Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series
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University Programs: M.S.E. Renewable and Clean EnergyUniversity of DaytonHigher EdYou can be a part of the development of energy-reducing design techniques, renewable energy and manufacturing systems, and better forms of solar energy, fuel cells and biofuels with the University of Dayton's Graduate Renewable & Clean Energy Program. Our program addresses the need for stable, clean and economical energy sources and is shared with Wright State University's mechanical and materials engineering department.http://catalog.udayton.edu/graduate/schoolofengineering/programsofstudy/renewablecleanenergy/Offered online and on campus
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University Programs: M.S.E. Renewable & Clean EnergyWright State UniversityHigher EdThe Renewable and Clean Energy program includes courses on many types of alternative energy systems, in addition to courses on fundamental concepts related to energy. Included in this program are courses on fuel cells, solar energy, wind power, hydrogen fuel, energy conversion ,energy materials, energy efficiency, thermodynamics, etc. The intent of this program is to train the next generation of renewable and clean energy engineers and to develop research in the area of renewable and clean energies.http://cecs.wright.edu/programs/masters/rce
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ToolkitSolarOPs, The Solar FoundationK-12, Higher EdSolarOPs compiled new and existing resources designed to provide public school officials with a starting point for pursuing their own solar projects including RFPs, http://solaroutreach.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Solar-Schools-Toolkit-FINAL.pdf
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K-12: Solar Energy Science UnitFlorida Solar Energy CenterK-12This unit was developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida. The purpose of this unit is to create an awareness of the power of solar energy, the importance of it in our lives, and its impact on the future of energy developmenthttp://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/education/k-12/curricula/use/index.htm
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University Programs: BS Renewable EnergyVermont Technical CollegeHigher EdThe Renewable Energy degree integrates the study of engineering, technology, science and business to prepare graduates to design, implement, and manage renewable energy systems and similar technologies. Students learn to evaluate renewable resources, complete site assessments, design systems, and model performance.http://www.vtc.edu/academics/program/renewable-energy
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University Programs: Law SchoolVermont Law SchoolLaw Studentshe Master of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) degree program focuses on law and policy governing energy use, production, and transmission. Students can complete the 30-credit program in as little as 12 months but can take up to five years to obtain their degree. http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/degrees/masters/master-of-energy-regulation-and-law-(merl)Offered online and on campus
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