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Ecotech Institute ranked as military friendly; recognized in environmental press

Ecotech Institute was recently selected by Military Times Edge as one of the two–year colleges determined by veterans as "Best for Vets in 2011."

More than 500 student veterans were polled on what they consider the most important school services for vets. Rankings were determined by criteria such as academic accreditation, specialized veteran support, involvement in the Yellow Ribbon program and other considerations.

Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute's Manager for Environmental Operations, recently won a Letter to the Editor competition sponsored by Planet Ark, a nonprofit environmental organization based in Australia.

The piece has been published on the Planet Ark website, newsletters, social media and through the World Environment News service, which is delivered to thousands of subscribers worldwide. The prize also includes a $500 donation to Friends of the Earth in Mr. Crider's honor.

He received a note from Planet Ark saying, "Your story, 'The First Rule of Intelligent Tinkering,' was thought provoking, intelligent and well–written. We loved it."

"I am grateful to my mentor, Dr. Edward Passerini (retired Professor of Humanities and the Environment at the University of Alabama's New College), who first taught me the rule of intelligent tinkering," said Mr. Crider.

Scott Charter, co–founder and managing partner of Green Grid Partners (GGP Energy), appeared at a recent Ecotech Institute open house to discuss the booming green industry and how to prepare for careers in the cleantech sector.

GGP Energy is a global distributor of energy efficiency technology for commercial building systems. It provides custom energy solutions to companies ranging from small commercial enterprises to multinational organizations. Because of his deep industry knowledge, Scott Charter was recently asked to serve on a local board of advisors for Ecotech Institute.

"Our relationship with industry leaders who come speak to our students is an important element of the education we provide," said Michael Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. "We are thrilled to have Scott share knowledgeable insight into where sustainable jobs and growth are headed."