Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colorado (Denver metro area) is entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the energy industry, with an emphasis on the rapidly growing* fields of renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency. Our college offers energy training programs that can be completed in as little as nine months and are designed by industry experts for people seeking renewable energy jobs in the rapidly emerging clean tech economy.
Ecotech Institute has been placed on institutional show cause by its accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS"), because of the final adverse action taken by another recognized accrediting agency and for financial concerns.
We provide the practical skills students need to be successful in dynamic environmental careers and a student experience unparalleled by other renewable energy schools through:
- Day or night class schedules so students may continue to work while in school
- Small class sizes with practical, hands-on individualized instruction
- Instructors with real-world experience in the fields they teach
- A focus on the skills most in demand by clean energy employers
- Accreditation by ACICS
- Career placement assistance
- Financial aid available for those who qualify
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Ecotech Institute’s campus in Aurora, Colorado includes modern labs and classroom facilities, and received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is one of the highest honors in green building and design. The sustainable and energy-efficient design elements of the Ecotech Institute campus include:
- Solar trees that provide 16.9 kilowatts of electricity each for a total of 50,000 kilowatt hours created per year
- Car charging stations that can deliver a full vehicle charge in less than four hours
- Twelve polycrystalline rooftop photovoltaic panels with a system capacity of 2.8 kilowatts
- Eight small, roof-mounted wind turbines that generate up to 4.8 kilowatts of electricity
- Integral thin solar technologies embedded into the glass of the building’s front canopy that generates a capacity of 9.4 kilowatts
- A vertical axis wind turbine with a total capacity of four kilowatts that provides energy for the building
- Energy-efficient lighting with motion sensors, programmed schedule, and step-dimming to minimize power waste
- Demand control ventilation to modulate ventilation based on classroom occupancy
- Rooftop air conditioning equipment with economizers to provide 100% outside air during ideal conditions for cooling
- Reduced water use through water-sense, low-flow fixtures
Together, the renewable energy sources at Ecotech Institute generate over 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
Ecotech Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award diplomas and associate’s degrees.
ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS may be contacted at:
750 First Street NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
For more information on Ecotech Institute’s accrediting agency, please visit the ACICS web site.
Ecotech Institute is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
* According to the International Renewable Energy Agency report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017. In 2016, for example, the U.S. solar industry employed over 260,000 people, a 24.5% increase from 2015. During that same period, wind energy employment in the United States rose by 28% to 102,500 jobs, as capacity expanded by 11% and more manufacturing took place domestically.