Ecotech Institute welcomed an important guest on its Aurora campus on Sept. 19. Mike Coffman, the United States Representative for the Sixth Congressional District of Colorado, visited our college and met with Ecotech Campus President Chris Gorrie.
As part of the visit, Congressman Coffman met with Ecotech Institute’s faculty, staff and students. They discussed the importance of renewable energy education for both Colorado and national economies, as well as abundant career opportunities that currently exist in the rapidly developing green-tech industry.
The visit continued with Congressman Coffman touring Ecotech Institute’s LEED Gold Certified campus, touring the labs and equipment that our students use to learn the intricacies of wind turbine mechanics, solar panel technology, and much more.
And of course, no Ecotech campus tour would be complete without a look at our indoor climbing tower. People don’t always think about it, but physical health is very important for wind turbine technicians. This is why at Ecotech Institute, we also train our students to be fit. As part of this training, our future wind techs have the opportunity to learn what it feels like to climb a 300-foot-tall wind turbine by using this indoor training facility.
“It was great meeting with Representative Coffman here at Ecotech Institute and discussing the importance of creating the infrastructure for the booming renewable energy economy,” said Ecotech Institute Campus President Chris Gorrie. “The most important part of that infrastructure is an educated workforce, and we were excited at the opportunity to tell Representative Coffman more about Ecotech Institute’s role in creating that workforce.”
Congressman Coffman added: "I enjoyed the opportunity to tour Ecotech Institute and learn how Ecotech is preparing our next generation energy workforce. I am extremely pleased that Ecotech is located here in Aurora, Colorado."