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From the Archive: Education and Careers in Renewable Energy

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A special thanks to Rachel Flynn for contributing this month’s From the Archive blog post. Rachel is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison iSchool.

Daniel Burman had a prosperous career in real estate but was left unhappy and unfulfilled. In his ATE Success Story, Burman explains how he went to school to obtain an associate degree in applied science for photovoltaics. This, in turn, enabled him to make a career change that allows him to work in the renewable energy sector, make a good living, and find a fulfilling career as a solar energy contractor.

In this month’s From the Archive blog post, we’re highlighting the work of three ATE projects and centers that support the education of technicians working in the renewable energy industry. Resources featured include a webinar that discusses the employment trends in clean energy jobs, a report that considers the educational needs of technicians working in the renewable energy industry, and a renewable energy technology curriculum that trains students in four different certificate programs. For more information, explore the links provided below. To find more resources in the ATE Central portal related to education and careers in renewable energy, try browsing by ATE Area: Agricultural and Environmental Technologies -- Energy technologies.

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Now Hiring: The Growth of America's Clean Energy and Sustainability Jobs Webinar

This webinar, provided by the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education Support Center (CREATE-SC), was presented on May 12, 2017, in consultation with the Miester Consulting Firm. This webinar highlights the state of employment trends and the potential future developments in renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors and summarizes major advances in other sectors. The webinar includes an introduction to the growth of sustainability jobs and provides information on the following five sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, public sector, private sector, and advanced vehicles. 

For more archived resources by the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education Support Center (CREATE-SC), visit the ATE Central Archive.

Preparing Energy Technicians for the 21st Century Workforce

This 40-page report, provided by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), documents discussions from the 2010 National Energy Technician Education Summit, which was held in Washington, DC and was supported by the National Science Foundation. The report provides recommendations from energy experts and stakeholders from across the country for the facilitation of energy technician education in the U.S. The discussion centers on past and projected industry needs, financial opportunities and constraints, and enhancements to the technician educational programs that provide the energy industry with their workforce. 

For more archived resources by the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), visit the ATE Central Archive.

CERET Curriculum

These curricular resources from the Career Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET) project include program and course information for certificates offered at Madison Area Technical College. Information is provided for the following certificates: Bioenergy, Wind Energy Technology, Renewable Energy, and Photovoltaics. Each resource includes a certificate description, admission requirements, requirements for completion, program courses, curriculum, and career potential. 

For more archived resources by the Career Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET), visit the ATE Central Archive

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