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Wind Systems Magazine Spotlights Auston Van Slyke and Ecotech Institute

Ecotech Institute’s Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently highlighted by Wind Systems Magazine, a monthly publication covering all aspects of the wind energy industry. Published in the magazine’s December 2016 issue, the detailed two-page interview provides an insider’s look into the wind turbine technician job and what makes it one of the fastest-growing professions today.

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How to Weatherproof Your Home

Officially, the winter solstice is weeks away, but depending on where you live, temperatures may have already started to drop. Now is a great time to make sure you are prepared for colder weather. Weatherizing your home can have a major impact on your energy use during the winter months.

Here are a few things you can do to make your home more energy efficient this year.

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Beware of (Energy) Vampires

From Dracula, to Angel and Spike of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Marceline of Adventure Time, vampires have taken many forms in pop culture over the years. But while these fictional monsters provide thrills and entertainment, many people don’t know that a different type of vampire is lurking in every household — energy vampires.

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Reading List: Five Renewable Energy Blogs to Follow

The good news about the internet is that it provides us with an endless supply of information and resources. The bad news about the internet is that you have to navigate an endless supply of information and resources to find the content you really want.

Keeping up with industry news is important if you want to pursue a career in renewable energy. Here are five blogs covering industry news, innovations and policies that you can add to your digital reading list.

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8 Renewable Energy Organizations You Should Know About

Joining the renewable energy workforce is about more than just starting your career. It's about becoming a part of a larger community of people who share your interest in creating cleaner energy sources. Whether you're a pursuing a career in wind energy, in solar technology, or another sector of the renewable energy industry, there are numerous organizations you can get involved with.

Tags: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Renewable Energy Technology

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4 Solar-powered Inventions That Will Change the World

If you're training to become a solar energy technician, you probably already understand the power and impact of renewable energy. But the level of innovation happening in the solar industry goes far beyond residential and commercial solar panel installation. Creative minds are using the power of solar to reach new heights (literally, in one case), and make living environments better for people locally and abroad.

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4 Companies Making Major Strides in Sustainability

The cost of wind and solar power is lower than ever, prompting more companies to think about how they can invest in renewable energy to not only reduce their carbon footprint, but also save money. As sustainability becomes a key factor in business operations, it's no wonder that organizations are starting to create roles for sustainability specialists who can focus specifically on how companies can be more energy efficient and utilize cleaner power sources.

Tags: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Renewable Energy Technology

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10 Renewable Energy Twitter Accounts You Should Follow

If you're interested in starting a career in renewable energy, it's important to keep up with what's happening in the industry. A great way to stay in the know is to use Twitter. From clean energy-focused publications, to trade associations, non-profits and research labs, many of the key players in renewable energy have an active presence on the popular microblogging site.

Tags: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Renewable Energy Technology

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3 Unexpected Technologies Improving Renewable Energy

Renewable energy technology is always changing — solar cells are being developed to convert more energy, wind turbines are being designed to operate more efficiently, and energy storage is growing leaps and bounds to make the most of the power collected by these renewable energy sources. But, there are also a lot of smaller innovations that go unnoticed. Here are three examples of how technology is being used in unexpected ways to improve renewable energy.

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5 Traits That Define the Next Renewable Energy Leaders

Not only is the new energy economy on the rise, it’s here to stay. But to continue this progress toward using cleaner sources for power, the renewable energy industry needs strong leadership. More and more professionals are joining growing fields like wind energy and solar energy, but the leaders of the shift toward renewable energy possess certain traits that will help drive the industry forward.

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10 Inspirational Quotes about Energy and Sustainability

If you're reading this blog, you probably already know that sustainability is an important issue. The advancements made in renewable energy and energy efficiency help us breathe easier (clean air benefits from wind power totaled $7.3 billion in public health savings in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association), bring power to remote areas that otherwise would not have access to electricity and preserve the planet's finite resources.

Tags: Wind Energy, Renewable Energy Technology, Energy Efficiency

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Got the Power: A Renewable Energy Playlist

When you're in need of an energy boost, it often can be found in something as simple as a well-curated playlist. And because energy is all around us, it's no surprise that the topic comes up so often in music. The next time you're in the mood for some tunes, consider cranking up the volume on these energy-themed songs perfect for anyone working in the energy field, from linemen and electrical engineering technicians to solar installers and wind turbine technicians.

Tags: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Power Utility, Electrical Engineering Technology

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Earth Day 2016: Why Pursue Jobs in Renewable Energy?

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 bring awareness to environmental issues. Over four decades later, the holiday continues to drive our focus toward finding sustainable solutions for a healthier planet. That can mean a lot of different things for different people. From making individual choices to use less and recycle more, to advocating for policies that increase our use of renewable energy sources, building a sustainable future relies on everyone doing their part, from giant organizations, to local communities and individuals.

Tags: Solar Energy, Renewable Energy Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Wind Energy

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Busting 5 Myths About Renewable Energy

The renewable energy industry is thriving — more solar and wind energy capacity is being installed each year, clean energy jobs continue to increase, and more people are getting on board with the shift to using sustainable resources. But many myths about renewable energy remain — as they say, haters gonna hate. We decided to set the record straight on the following five misconceptions about the industry.

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Do Solar Panels Add Value to Your Home?

As the price of residential solar power becomes more affordable, more homeowners are making the decision to install rooftop solar PV panels. Some of the benefits are pretty clear — opting into solar power lessens a household’s carbon footprint and lowers electricity costs. But research has also shown that having solar panels installed can increase a home’s value in the housing market.

Tags: Solar Energy, Residential Energy Management, Energy Efficiency

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5 Exciting Innovations in Energy and Sustainability

One of the most exciting things about the renewable energy industry is that there is no end to innovation — everyday there is something new. From new designs for wind turbines and updates to solar panels to trendy gadgets that help people power their electronic devices, scientists, designers and entrepreneurs are working constantly to improve the way we use and conserve energy.

Tags: Renewable Energy Technology, Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Residential Energy Management

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Ecotech Institute's Anthony Valdez Explains the Business Case for Sustainability

More companies around the globe are incorporating sustainability practices into their operations and management for various reasons. A survey by McKinsey and Company showed results from companies integrating sustainability principles into their businesses by pursuing goals that go beyond maintaining a profile for Corporate Social Responsibility. McKinsey and Company is a global firm, comprising more than 9,000 consultants and nearly 2,000 research and information professionals assisting businesses around the world in their management and operational functions.

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[VIDEO] How do you build a wind turbine? Watch MidAmerican Energy build one from the ground up

Harnessing the oldest source of energy in the world, wind power, is one of the more earth-friendly approaches to powering our busy world. The installation of wind turbines provides a way to control wind power without toxic waste, environmental cleanup, or pipelines. In addition, turbines require no water like other power plants. In fact, using energy produced by wind turbines is equal to saving about 35 billion gallons of water each year, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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Ecotech Institute Student Team Builds Soil Saturation Watering Device

At Ecotech Institute every student completes a Capstone class where they are required to take what they've learned and apply it through a hands-on team project. Students typically choose a project related to energy efficiency or that can demonstrate alternative energy power. Recently, four students, Tiffany Garduno, Briane Montoya, Jesse Parry, Mark Iverson and Clifford Thompson, worked together to create a watering device that would operate based on soil saturation levels.

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Ecotech Institute Graduate to Speak at Denver Switch event, Offering Her Ideas for Intelligent Recycling: Creating Treasures from Trash

Event showcases fast-paced TEDx-style presentations on sustainable energy ideas

Denver, Colo. - May 12, 2015 - On Thursday, May 14, Yvette Alley, an Ecotech Institute graduate, will join ten other speakers at Denver's second annual switch event, highlighting sustainable energy ideas. This event gives energy change-makers a few minutes each to present their ideas for social change and industry innovation. Yvette will present on a topic she first wrote a paper on while attending Ecotech Institute, intelligent recycling and vehicle sustainability. She wants companies to start thinking of ways to build a truly smart car, one that uses recycled metals. One idea for this is using the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group near Phoenix, the site of many miles of retired military aircraft.

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Ecotech Institute's President to Join Forum on the Future of Energy at Colorado Energy Expo

Event gathers education and industry leaders to discuss energy innovation and the economic implications for Colorado

Denver, Colo. — May 8, 2015 — On Wednesday, May 13, high school students across Colorado will have the opportunity to learn about the future of the energy industry and potential energy careers. It's all part of Colorado Energy Expo's new "Student Career Development Forum". Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute's school president will take part in the forum on "Identifying Pathways toward Energy Careers". Two sessions will be held to discuss this topic. Other energy and education leaders joining Chris will include:

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Power up Success in Clean Energy: Ecotech Institute to Hold "Competitive Landscape of the Green Revolution" Seminar on March 24, 2015

Led by clean energy employer, Craig Mataczynski, and hosted live at Ecotech Institute or simulcast online

Denver, Colo. — March 16, 2015 — To learn what it takes to work and succeed in the clean energy field, Ecotech Institute is hosting a "Competitive Landscape of the Green Revolution" seminar. The event will be held at Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colo. and will also be simulcast live, for those who cannot attend in person. The free forum, which will be led by Craig Mataczynski, the CEO of Gradient Resources, will offer students and guests, interested in a green energy career, an employer's perspective on what it takes to succeed.

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An Interview with Auston Van Slyke, Wind Energy Technology Program Director

Auston Van Slyke is the Program Director for Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program. We recently talked with him about the Wind Energy Technology program and how he sees the industry growing in the coming years.

Question: What are you most excited about right now regarding the Wind Energy Technology program?

Auston Van Slyke: We have partnered with Duke Energy to help place our students at power plants across the U.S. Duke Energy is a utility company that is a leader with smart grid technology. They own and operate 60GW of power plants, including solar and wind farms.

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Ecotech Institute Names Patrick Longstreth as the School's New Academic Dean

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.

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Ecotech Institute Now Offers Online Associate's Degree in Business Administration - Sustainability

The Business Administration-Sustainability degree program allows career seekers to earn an associate's degree in sustainability online.

Denver, Colo., — January 15, 2014 — Ecotech Institute, the first and only school in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, today announced that it will offer its Business Administration-Sustainability degree program and several other college courses in sustainability online. This marks a first for students seeking an online degree in sustainability and a first for the Aurora, Colo.-based school. Online degrees focused on environmental sustainability are uncommon at the associate's degree level.

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Ecotech Institute Again Named to the 'Best for Vets' List

Ecotech Institute is Ranked 10th among Career and Technical Colleges in 2015

Denver, Colo. — Nov. 14, 2014 — The Military Times has once again named Ecotech Institute to its Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges list. The list honors top military friendly schools doing the most for veterans. Ecotech Institute, the first and only school in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, came in at 10th out of 36 institutions. The Military Times ranks the schools based on what veterans have told them are important, such as university culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality and financial aid.

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Veterans Day Salute at Ecotech Institute

This week, Ecotech Institute hosted a Solar Energy Salute to Veterans Day in conjunction with Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA).

Speakers included Chris Gorrie, president of Ecotech Institute; Rebecca Cantwell, Executive Director of COSEIA; Mark Mahoney, Director of Department of Defense for Regional Environmental and Energy Office-US Army; and John Bringenberg, a faculty member at Ecotech Institute.

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Ecotech Institute Names New President Chris Gorrie

As a longtime Ecotech Institute faculty member with years of in-the-field experience, Gorrie will propel Ecotech Institute to the next level in renewable energy education

Denver, Colo. — Nov. 4, 2014 — Ecotech Institute, the first and only college in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, today announced Chris Gorrie as its new president. Gorrie's responsibilities include guiding the strategic direction of the school; ensuring satisfaction of students, graduates and employers; and making sure all staff at Ecotech Institute meet the high expectations of students and its parent company, Education Corporation of America.

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Ecotech Institute Wins National Cleantech Award

Ecotech Institute walked away with a major award this week at the annual Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration hosted by the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA).

The Aurora-based school was named National Cleantech Leader by the CCIA.

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Ecotech Institute Celebrates Constitution Day

On September 17, Ecotech Institute staff and students celebrated Constitution Day, the day that commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Copies of the Constitution were placed prominently throughout the building so students could see this important document firsthand. Students also received commemorative bookmarks printed with the Preamble and enjoyed “Constitution cookies.”

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New Equipment Gives Hands On Experience Where Needed

Ecotech Institute has always prided itself on providing students with real world learning opportunities. Students considering degrees in the power utility, renewable energy or residential energy management industry can now find unprecedented access to the latest technology in the field with power equipment modules and training equipment.

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Ecotech in Focus: Students and Jobs

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
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Ashley Perales, Electrical Engineering Technology

"I'm passionate about spreading knowledge to people about the industry, about renewables, because I don't think enough people understand what kind of situation we're in in the world and I want to have that knowledge so that I can share it with them.

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John Wiseman, Energy Efficiency

"I didn't want to be one of a million. I wanted to have an opportunity where I can learn to use my hands and my knowledge and apply it to something where I can give back to my community and maybe the environment. And that's why I chose Ecotech.

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Patrick Fisher, Wind Energy Technology

"I was formerly in the military. My background was sales and I wanted to change industries and knew that the renewable energy industry was an upcoming industry. I saw Ecotech on a commercial and I said, 'this is something that I'd like to do.'

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Walking the Talk – Putting the Ecotech Lifestyle in Practice

“We don’t go running away from our values.  We go drifting away, and one day wake up in a place we never meant to be, drifting in a direction we would have never chosen.” ~John G. Blumberg, Good to the Core

When I was hired as Education Corporation of America (ECA)’s first Manager—Environmental Operations, I was told the story of how my position came to be. The man who hired me, Ron Maillette, was at that time ECA’s Chief Information Officer. Ron described to me how, as ECA’s first Ecotech plans were already well underway, he had an “epiphany moment” when he realized how important it would be for ECA to “walk the Ecotech talk”—not just at Ecotech, but at our corporate headquarters and at our other campus brands nationwide. Ron went to his boss, our Chief Executive Officer, and shared his epiphany. Our CEO agreed, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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World Water Day Fun at Ecotech

World Water Day is stacking up to be quite a celebration at Ecotech this year, including conservation demonstrations by Sonne Shields, first female winner of HGTV’s “All-American Handyman,” a children’s art contest, and much more.

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Ecotech Institute Shares Top Five Cleantech Considerations For Election Time

Regardless of Party Affiliation, Elections Affect the Future of Cleantech  

 
Denver, Colorado – November 1, 2012 – Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, has put together five things to consider this political season. 
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We're now accepting applications for the POWER UTILITY TECHNICIAN Program!

We're now taking applications for our new two-year Power Utility Technician degree program! This program, which will launch in October, will help fill a need in the power utility sector as a growing number of power utility technicians are retiring from the field and highly trained employees are in demand. Ecotech has responded to this need by creating a practical program focused on the ever-changing power utility industry.

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