Celebrated software programmer and longtime Ecotech Institute staff member will guide students in their pursuit of an education in renewable energy
Denver, Colorado – Jan. 20, 2015 – Ecotech Institute, the first and only school in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, today announced Patrick Longstreth as the school's new academic dean. Longstreth is responsible for implementing the vision and strategic direction of Ecotech Institute; ensuring student, graduate and employer satisfaction; and making sure all staff at Ecotech Institute meet the high expectations of the school's students and Ecotech Institute's parent company, Education Corporation of America.
Longstreth has been with Ecotech Institute since October 2012, serving as the school's program director for both the Electrical Engineering Technology Program and Power Utility Technician Program. Before coming to Ecotech Institute, he served in a variety of educational roles at ITT Technical Institute and Everest College, including instructor, program director, program chair, associate dean and dean of academic affairs.
Longstreth has also worked as a Semiconductor Technician for Intel Corporation and a deputy sheriff for the Boulder County and El Paso County Sheriff's Departments. In the latter role, he received numerous awards for developing various software applications to assist in jail operations. In total, Longstreth has more than 20 years of programming experience.
"Patrick has always been an outstanding member of our Ecotech Institute faculty, providing students with the individual care and attention they require," said Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute's president. "His experience and leadership at Ecotech Institute make him the ideal person to serve as our academic dean."
Longstreth holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and an MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. He also received an associate's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute, Louisville, KY.
To learn more about Ecotech Institute and its offerings in renewable energy education, including the addition of online courses, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com.
About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers eight highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576.