Frequently Asked Questions
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Ecotech Institute. As always, your first step to getting all your questions answered is to contact an Enrollment Specialist by calling or completing the request more information form.

What is Ecotech Institute?

Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing you for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in the Denver Metro area, Colorado, the college offers programs designed by experts in the industry for people seeking green jobs in the rapidly emerging clean energy economy.

What programs do you offer?

Our programs are designed for direct entry into the workforce in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. We provide an unparalleled student experience and the practical skills students need to be successful in these dynamic environmental careers through. Those programs include:


What makes Ecotech different from other colleges or community colleges?

In addition to our mission to prepare students for renewable energy jobs, we also have a strong student focus. At Ecotech Institute, you will find:

  • Day or night class schedules so many students may continue to work while attending school
  • Small class sizes with practical, hands-on individualized instruction
  • Real-world instructors, many who work in the fields in which they teach
  • Specific class work that offers those skills most in demand by clean energy employers
  • Accredited by ACICS
  • Career placement assistance
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

How much does it cost to earn a degree from Ecotech?

The cost of your education depends on many factors including the program you choose, the course load you take, and more. Your Enrollment Specialist and Financial Planning advisor will tell you exactly what the costs are before you commit to anything, and they will work with you to develop the best plan so you can pay for your education and graduate with the least possible obligation.

When comparing costs, be sure to consider unexpected costs and fees that are often added on at some institutions. You will always know all costs up front at Ecotech Institute.

Will credits earned at Ecotech transfer to other colleges or universities?

The acceptance of transfer credits is always up to the institution to which you wish to transfer. Remember, though, that our mission is to prepare graduates for success in the job market and all courses are designed to allow direct entry into the workforce, not necessarily to transfer to another school.

Are there actually jobs available in renewable energy, and sustainability or is this just a phase?

As with all our schools, we only offer programs for which job growth is expected. We have done a great deal of research and determined that the job expansion in the green energy field will be tremendous. For example, a January 2009 report delivered by the Council of Economic Advisers found that the clean energy investments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are not only creating jobs today, but for the future. The clean energy provisions of ARRA alone have already saved or created 63,000 jobs and are expected to create more than 700,000 by 2012. Research—from Pew Trust to American Solar Energy Society to Navigant—all show tremendous growth in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability design. While we cannot promise anyone a job, we do know that the growth of green employment in this area is solid and long-term.

This is all new, though. Can Ecotech Institute offer programs that will deliver students the training that employers require?

We design and open all of our schools based on extensive research—through independent third-party sources, employers and industry leaders, and national, state and local government resources. We have been talking with employers and have worked with our highly-qualified Board of Advisors to design a curriculum for each program that will ensure students are job-ready in the renewable energy and sustainability fields.

Is your faculty qualified to teach in these new programs?

Yes! One of the criteria for choosing to locate the school where we did was the availability of qualified instructors. Our teachers are typically people who have done the work and can give our students the perspective and insights they need to be successful on the job. We found a good pool of those instructors in this area.

Who is on the Board of Advisors? Are they paid by Ecotech Institute or do they have financial interest in the school?

The board is made up of highly-respected representatives from the clean energy and sustainability industries and educators in the field. They are not paid nor do they have any financial interest in the school. They serve on the board because they are convinced that a school such as Ecotech Institute is essential if trained, skilled employees are going to be available for the tremendous growth in green jobs.

Do you offer any special benefits to military veterans or their dependents?

First, we expect our academic offerings to be of special interest to service members. We accept military veteran educational benefits and offer other special programs for those who are or have served our country. Our Military Student Center is available with no charge or obligation to assist veterans and their dependents in best understanding and using their educational benefits—at Ecotech Institute or any other school. Call 877-824-4425 or refer to the Military Student Center to learn more.

What if I have more questions?

Contact an Enrollment Specialist at Ecotech Institute. They will be happy to answer any questions you have completely and honestly. There is no obligation. Deciding on an education is a big step and we want you to have all the information you need to make the best decision. Call 877-326-5576 or complete and submit request more information form.

 

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