How many people does it take to change the world?
The answer, of course, is just one. But almost 500 are learning how to change the world for the better at Ecotech Institute. One-hundred and thirteen of them were just added at our Fall Term start on October 2, 2013. Of these:
- 34 were veterans or relatives of veterans
- 12 were women
- 51 were referrals from other Ecotech students
- 60 had attended college before
In terms of program choices, most of these students opted for Wind Energy Technology (32), Solar Energy Technology (26), Electrical Engineering Technology (21), and Renewable Energy Technology (20). However, some were interested in trying out our new or revised programs such as Business Administration – Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Facility Management Technology, and Power Utility Technician.
In choosing Ecotech, our students come not only from the State of Colorado, but make the journey from coast-to-coast, and even from as far away as Alaska. Why do these students come from far and wide to attend Ecotech? Some reasons include:
- Flexible 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
Likewise, upon graduation, our students are finding jobs nationwide – last year, five were hired to install solar panels in Hawaii!
We are very proud of our graduate placement rate at Ecotech, which is 76.3% overall and as high as 85.3% for Solar Energy Technician. Our students are being hired by companies as diverse as:
- Duke Energy
- Gamesa Corp
- GE Power & Water
- Mi Swaco
- Real Goods Solar
- Solar City
- …and even Ecotech Institute itself!
We send hearty congratulations to Ecotech’s current and future world-changers. You are making our world a better place, indeed!
Kyle Crider is Program Chair at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org