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[VIDEO] Students Build a Solar Phone Charger

Ecotech Institute students recently built an energy storage box that will pull from solar energy to charge four cell phones at a time. They used a milk crate and solar panel to create the box. Ecotech Institute Solar Energy Technology Program Director Christopher Janin supervised the project.

NRDC Highlights Ecotech Institute’s Role in Colorado Wind Energy

Ecotech Institute was recently featured in an article examining the ongoing growth of Colorado’s wind energy job market. Titled, “The Job Market Is Spinning for Colorado’s New Wind Workforce,” the piece was produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit international environmental organization focused on protecting the air, the water, and the wild.

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Gold Rush is Under Way

The world is on the cusp of a renewable energy revolution. Investments in renewable energy are at an all-time-high, and the majority of countries now have policies that support renewable energy in one way or another.

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.

Ecotech Institute’s Auston Van Slyke Featured in U.S. News & World Report

Ecotech Institute’s Wind Energy Technology Program Director, Auston Van Slyke was recently featured in a thought-provoking article by U.S. News & World Report. The piece highlights Van Slyke’s first encounter with wind turbines, which inspired him to learn more about the technology, and provides an informative overview of the wind turbine technician (a.k.a. wind tech) profession.

New Nature-Inspired Wind Turbines to Be Installed in Paris

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy industries in the world — and for good reason. Wind energy is 100 percent clean, and doesn’t pollute the air or water like fossil fuel-based power plants; it’s based upon an endless supply of energy that does not need to be imported and it is one of the most cost-efficient renewable energy technologies that exist today.

Google Vows to Switch Entirely to Renewable Energy in 2017

We all know that the future belongs to renewable energy, and sooner or later we may all power our homes, cars and devices from renewable energy sources. However, some companies think that this future has already arrived.

4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Renewable Energy

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are most grateful for, from friends and family to pumpkin pie. At Ecotech Institute, we are additionally thankful for the innovation and hard work that makes clean energy technology a reality. In honor of the holiday, we’d like to give thanks to renewable energy.

5 Reasons to Be Hopeful About the New Energy Economy

2016 has been a big year for renewable energy. Jobs in the field are on the rise, the price of clean energy technology is continuing to drop, and more and more people — both at the residential and corporate level — are adopting renewable energy. Here are five reasons to be hopeful about the new energy economy.

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.

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.

Offshore Wind Energy is Making a Splash

If you keep up with renewable energy industry news, you’ve probably noticed a lot of headlines about offshore wind energy. The development of offshore wind farms has already gained traction in several European countries over the past couple of years, but now other nations are joining in, including the United States. Here are a few things you should know about this growing trend.

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.

How to Stand Out to Renewable Energy Employers

Looking for a job can be a daunting task, especially when you're looking to launch your career in renewable energy. Entering a new industry can feel like stepping into the unknown, and anyone who says they've never felt nervous about a job interview is probably not being entirely honest.

Four Hispanic Leaders Making History in the Energy Sector

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. To honor this observance, here are four Hispanic leaders that are making a mark on the energy sector, from researchers and policy-makers, to advocates for diversity in the industry.

From Cover Letters to Resumes: How to Get a Job in Renewable Energy

Writing a good cover letter and building a solid resume are two universal skills that all job seekers must learn. But depending on the industry you're in, there are some key strategies that might not be covered by general best practices. If you're looking for a renewable energy career, these tips can help you put your best foot forward during your job search.

5 Signs You Should Be a Solar Energy Technician

This year, the U.S. solar industry hit a major milestone when it hit 1 million solar installations. The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that this number could double in just two years. The growing demand for solar means that there is also a growing demand for a trained workforce. Basically, it's a good time to work in solar energy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Renewable Energy Jobs are Booming in Colorado, Across U.S.

Auston Van Slyke, program director for the wind energy technology program at Ecotech Institute, recently wrote about the growth of jobs in renewable energy in Colorado and across the country in a byline for the Denver Business Journal.

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.

You Might Make a Great Wind Energy Tech If...

The wind energy industry is blowing up — wind was the largest source of new electric generating capacity that came online in 2015 according to data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). That means there are now more openings for wind energy technicians. The job can be highly rewarding, but it takes a certain type of person to succeed in this challenging role.

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.

3 Reasons to Celebrate Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15. The event serves as a way to inform and educate people on wind energy, its power and the possibilities it offers in helping the evolution of our energy systems, benefitting the environment and boosting job growth.

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.

By the Numbers: Top U.S. States for Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is a big deal in the United States. In fact, last year more than half of all new power capacity came from clean energy, with wind energy taking the top spot for new electric generating capacity in 2015.

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.

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.

Wind Energy is Blowing Up: Highlights from AWEA's Annual Report

The wind energy industry is a great place to be right now. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor listed wind turbine service technician as the top growing job across all occupations. Now, new data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) shows exactly why the industry is seeing this impressive job growth.

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.

What If Video Game Characters Worked in Renewable Energy?

Professionals working in the renewable energy industry are true everyday heroes. They help design, build and maintain technologies that produce cleaner, more efficient energy to fuel society's daily needs and help preserve the planet.

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.

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.

5 Black Environmentalists Making History in Energy and Sustainability

February is Black History Month, a time where we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. There have been many scientists, activists and politicians who've played an important part in promoting sustainability and eco-awareness throughout the years.

3 Renewable Energy Takeaways from the State of the Union Address

Just a few weeks into 2016, renewable energy is already a hot topic in the news. In President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, he talked about important issues for the United States. Among these issues, the president focused on climate change and noted that America "should invest in the future."

Renewable Energy Predictions for 2016

2015 was a big year in renewable energy. In August, President Obama took a historic step in tackling climate change in the United States when he announced the Clean Power Plan.

3 essential things to know about going off the grid

Most people don't think about how much energy they use in a day, or even how it gets to their home or office. With energy often taken for granted, it may seem easier than it appears to go "off the grid". So could you do it?

Ecotech Institute Named Among Top 10 Schools 'Best for Vets'

Ecotech Institute is honored to serve so many military students – both veterans and active duty. Many students at Ecotech Institute have a military background because the hands-on skills gained while serving in the military often transition well into careers in renewable energy.

[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.

3 Hispanic Leaders in Renewable Energy

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're highlighting professionals making history in renewable energy. These individuals have made an incredible impact in the areas of atmospheric chemistry and domestic policy.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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.

Kimberly Fulford, Wind Energy Technology

"Eventually I want to start my own wind business installing small wind turbines on farms and places off the grid that don't have reliable access to energy.

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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