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CEWEC 2008

The New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Conference took place on March 19 and 20, 2008 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. Over 50 speakers shared their expertise and experiences with 300 attendees from Community Colleges, Technical High Schools, Training Centers and others from 33 states as well as representatives from Australia, Germany and Canada.

Sessions dealt with market trends, economic drivers, instructional strategies, curricula development and best practices for training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields.

The presentations from the 2008 New Ideas in Educating a Workforce in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency National Conference are listed below.


Efficiency Industries
Roger H. Bezdek, President of Management Information Services Inc

Massachusetts Community Colleges and Technical High Schools Collaborate on State-Wide RE/EE Training & Education Programs
Leo Bedard, Clean Energy Technical School Task Force
Teresa Jones, Greenfield Community College
Jessie Klein, Middlesex Community College
Roger Ebbage, Lane Communty College

SMARTT Students, Preparing High School Students for Careers in Renewable Energy
Pam Page Carpenter, North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University

Training Students through Teacher Outreach
Jennie Lane, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)

Corporate Mentorship Networks
Richard Dell, Advanced Vehicle Research Center

Solar Energy Education and Training by Florida’s Alternative Energy Banner Center
Jerry Ventre, presenting on behalf of the Florida Solar Energy Center

The Essential Steps of Designing or Revising a Training Course
David Dick, Instructional Designer, presenting on behalf of Barbara Martin

Federal Involvement in Solar Workforce Development
Katie Bolcar, U.S. Department of Energy

The Potential for On-Line and Blended Educational Formats for Energy Efficiency Training
Micah Allen, The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (iCAST)

Development of an Energy Service Technology Program Specializing in Building Systems
Reid Strieby and Luis Montenegro, Bronx Community College

Building a Statewide Training Infrastructure for New York’s Residential Energy Efficiency Programs
Paula Hayes, Hudson Valley Community College

Green-Collar Jobs
Jason Walsh, Green For All
Jack Dafoe, Urban Agenda / New York City Apollo Alliance
Paul Shatsoff, Workforce Development Institute

How Educational Institutions Can Work with Local PV Installers to Give Students Hands-On Experience
Richard Porter, Hudson Valley Community College
Michael Stangl, Renewable Power Systems
Kevin Rose, Renewable Power Systems

Industry Panel – Where & What Are the Jobs?
Jeffery D. Wolfe, PE, Chief Executive Officer, groSolar
Mark McCulloch, Director, Building Education Program, Siemens Building Technologies
Stephen Cowell, Chairman and CEO, Conservation Services Group
Ron Kamen, Vice President, Earth Kind Energy

Renewable Energy: Transformative Technology
Thomas J. Starrs, Managing Director, Solar Power for PPM Energy

Meeting the Challenges of a Distributed Workforce Training Program
Mark Mrohs, SunPower Corp.

Face-to-Face vs. Online Students ‚Win-Win Partnerships
Johnny Weiss, Solar Energy International

International Training Standards ‚ Quality Assessment of Programs & Instructors
Jane Weissman, Interstate Renewable Energy Council

Quality Renewable Energy Training in Developing Countries
Geoff Stapleton, Global Sustainable Energy Solutions

Development of On-Line Training to Meet Training Demand in Australia
Stephen Garrett, Global Sustainable Energy Solutions

International and European Promotion of BZEE Standards via the Windskill Initiative
Nils Peters, Bildungszentrum f?ºr erneuerbare Energien – BZEE e.V.

Certification for Renewable Energy Practitioners
Ezra Auerbach, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Photovoltaic Practitioner Institute‚ Surveying Former Students about Their Professional Development
Virginia Carrig, Ulster BOCES Adult Career Education Center

Wind Education
Richard Lawrence, Cape Cod Community College
Joseph Rand, KidWind
Megan Amsler, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance

Three Years of Coordinating a Renewable Energy Technologist Diploma Program
Steve Lapp, St. Lawrence College. Ontario, Canada

Developing a New Undergraduate Renewable Energy Major
J. Randy Winter, Illinois State University

A Photovoltaic Certificate Program and Non-Credit PV Training Courses: Results to Date
Joe Sarubbi, Executive Director of TEC-SMART, Professor and former Department Chair of the Building Systems Technology department at Hudson Valley Community College

Addressing Curricular Needs for Energy Services Technicians
Michael Bobker, City University of New York, Building Performance Lab

Undergraduate Field Studies of Solar Hot Water System Reliability
Matt Bullwinkel, SUNY Canton

Center for Energy Education Laboratory
Robert Gilbert, Sinclair Community College

Wisconsin’s Renewable Energy Site Assessment Program and Process
Clay Sterling, Midwest Renewable Energy Association

Collaborating to Test Solar Hot Water Collectors in Northern Climates
Ken Walz, Madison Area Technical College

Training Agricultural Producers in Small-Scale Biodiesel Production
Rachel Burton, Piedmont Biofuels Co-Op

Training the Electrical Trades
James Dunlop, National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
Jonathan Gosse, American Technical Publishers
Julie Welch, American Technical Publishers

Resources to Start or Improve an Existing Energy Program
Todd Trammell, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)
Kirk Laflin, Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE)


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