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Community Colleges and Certificate Programs

Here you'll find resources on community colleges and certificate programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy. This list is a work in progress and is not intended to be all-inclusive or to assure individual program quality. You can also search for certificate programs and other training on renewable energies in your state at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's website.

Air Conditioning Contractors of America School Locator
Find an HVACR vocational program in your area by searching through ACCA's vocational members.

Appalachian State University
Find out more about Appalachian State University's wide variety of training courses in wind energy.

ATE Central
ATE Central supports and promotes the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, which serves applied STEM educators and students at community and technical colleges.

Bismarck State College
Bismarck State College is home to the National Energy Center of Excellence and offers an associate of applied science degree as well as certificate programs. The Center has broad-based training in six different sectors of the energy industry: generation, transmission, distribution, process technology, system operations and energy management.

Bridging Nations College of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
The College of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability is a division of the Washington, D.C.-based Bridging Nations that offers graduate programs in the rapidly expanding green jobs sector. The college is designed to expand knowledge of clean energy, technology, and policy while increasing student competitiveness in the job market.

Building Science Academy
The Building Science Academy, based in Michigan, provides training for energy auditors, raters, and contractors working on energy efficiency and weatherization. They offer certification in some areas of study.

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)
The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) is one of just forty Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States and is strategically located on Macomb Community College's (MCC) South Campus, in the heart of the rejuvenated US auto industry. MCC is recognized as a leader in developing educational programming around the evolving fuel and energy technologies utilized by the auto industry. MCC's objective is to provide students with the new skills required to align them with the needs of a continuously evolving, technology-driven automotive industry.

Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS)
CEEBS delivers energy efficiency and building science courses—designed for contractors, remodelers, and college and high school students—at a network of regional learning centers in New York State. The program is housed at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y.

College of Southern Idaho
The college's Wind Energy Technician program specifically trains students in all aspects of utility-scale wind turbine maintenance and operations. The Environmental Technology program provides a broad curriculum to those interested in any renewable energy field, including solar, geothermal, small wind, biofuels, and all alternative energy production.

Columbia Gorge Community College
Learn more about Columbia Gorge's certificate programs in renewable energy technology.

Crowder College
This community college in Missouri offers courses, degrees, and certificates in wind, solar, and biofuels.

Delaware Technical Community College
The community college offers different programs: The Energy Management program prepares graduates to assess and improve energy efficiency in commercial and residential spaces. The Renewable Energy- Solar program prepares graduates to enter the solar industry. Graduates learn both photovoltaics and solar thermal concepts and skills in a variety of areas including technical sales, site assessment, solar design, and installation. The Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (RHA) program includes both a diploma and applied science degree in HVAC/R.

Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the rapidly-growing fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Students come from across the county to receive practical, hands-on training designed to meet the demands of clean energy and energy efficiency employers.

EDGE Initiative
The EDGE (Educating and Developing workers for the Green Economy) Initiative provides education, training, and placement services in the growing biofuels/industrial biotechnology industry to unemployed and incumbent workers within San Diego and the Imperial Valley in California. Program curriculum has been carefully constructed with input from industry partners to ensure that these sectors needs are met with highly skilled workers.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers a Clean Energy Technician Program.

Fox Valley Technical College: Environmental Management Systems in Emerging Technologies
Fox Valley offers a certificate program to prepare learners for a job in the growing field of environmental and energy management, renewable energy technologies, sustainability, carbon footprint management, and governmental compliance.

Fox Valley Technical College: Photovoltaic Installer
The college offers this program for individuals entering the photovoltaic (solar) field as well as trade professionals and engineers.

Greenfield Community College
The Massachusetts college offers a certificate program and an associate's degree program in renewable energy/energy efficiency. The programs focus on professional development and skill enhancement relevant to specific renewable energy/energy efficiency technologies, as well as broader understanding of the scientific, economic and political context of the industry.

Greenville Technical College
Greenville Tech offers a Solar Technician certificate with a Solar PV track and a Solar Thermal track that incorporates the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) tasks. Students are encouraged to apply and take the entry-level exams for both tracks during their training.

Hagerstown Community College: Alternative Energy Technology Program
The Alternative Energy Technology program at this Hagerstown, Maryland, college prepares students to enter the industrial / commercial / residential setting in the growing areas of renewable energy. Within the program, students can earn progressive levels of certificates toward employment and/or a degree. The methods of instruction include hands-on training as well as classroom instruction. Real world lab environment will include experiments with solar, wind, and geothermal equipment, use of meters, measurements and calculations of values.

Indian Hills Community College: Ag/Biofuels Process Technology
The Agricultural and Biofuels Process Technology program at the Iowa-based Indian Hills teaches how to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of ethanol fermentation plant processes and biodiesel production.

Indian Hills Community College: Bioprocess Laboratory Technology
The Bioprocess Laboratory Technology program at Indian Hills provides training on large scale fermentation and bioprocessing equipment, and in the application of scientific principles and technical skills in the bio-manufacturing industry.

Institute of Environmental Management and Technology
The Institute, approved by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education for courses relating to energy efficiency and alternative energy including weatherization, energy auditing, solar thermal energy, and photovoltaic energy, offers certifications for weatherization training and BPI Building Analyst Training.

Iowa Lakes Community College
Find out more about Iowa Lakes' one-year and two-year programs in wind energy and turbine technology.

Lake Region State College: Wind Energy Technician Program
This program is for a Wind Energy Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree. There is also a certificate available. The program is offered at the Devils Lake Campus in North Dakota.

Lakes Region Community College
Located in New Hampshire, the Energy Services and Technology Program (ESTP) provides students with the knowledge and skills in the areas of energy fuels and consumption, energy efficiency, energy economics, electricity, HVAC, technical communications, and computer sciences.

Lakeshore Technical College
LTC offers a degree program specific to wind energy. With onsite working turbines and a full-scale Energy Education Center, LTC enjoys a relationship with world-renowned partners like GE, Avanti, Kettleview Renewable Energy, Endurance and Next Era.

Lane Community College
Lane Community College offers two-year degrees in energy management and renewable energy as well as a variety of other energy-related courses.

Lane Community College: Northwest Energy Education Institute
Find out about two-year degree programs that are designed to train and quickly place graduates into new careers in the energy industry.

Laney College, Environmental Control Technology Department
Located in downtown Oakland, California, this community college has a technical program offering certificates and associate degrees in residential and light commercial HVAC as well as commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in building automation systems and energy management.

Lincoln Technical Institute HVAC Training Program
Lincoln's HVAC program introduces students to Green Technology—green alternatives to comfort heating and cooling systems—as well as Solar Thermal and Geothermal Green Technologies. As they attend the first school in the country that incorporates Energy Auditing courses from the Green Mechanical Council, students learn advancements in technology that enhance Heating and Air Conditioning training, skills, and marketability to employers. Upon completion of Lincoln’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program, graduates can pursue several other certifications, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification testing to leverage opportunities working as independent contractors in one or more specific areas of the HVAC market. Lincoln graduates also receive job placement assistance.

Mesalands Community College: Wind Energy Technology
The associate of applied science degree in wind energy technology at Mesalands Community College provides instruction in wind turbine technology, turbine placement and construction, turbine operations and maintenance, monitoring and communications technology, tower safety, mechanical systems, electrical theory, power generation and distribution, hydraulics, digital electronics, and more. The wind energy technology certificate program is designed to give students a selection of courses to enhance professional opportunities in the growing field of wind energy.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers programs on wind energy technology, as well as certificates for windsmiths.

Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett offers an associate's degree in energy management.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College: Renewable Energy and Sustainable Practices
Offers certificates in renewable energy (solar), sustainable design, and biofuels.

Oakland Community College: Environmental Systems Technology Program
Oakland Community College offers courses in renewable energy systems, energy management, automated building systems, and digital controls.

Ohio State University: Agricultural Technical Institute
Beginning in fall 2012, Ohio State ATI will offer an associate of science degree in renewable energy with specializations in either solar and wind or bioenergy. The curriculum includes the coursework and paid internships with the option of either entering the workforce directly after two years or transferring to a four-year institution having completed approximately 50% of the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accredation
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Pinnacle Career Institute
The institute offers a comprehensive green energy education program in Kansas, Missouri and online that includes learning how to operate and maintain the components that keep wind turbines functioning, as well as an introduction to the electrical, communications, hydraulic and computer systems that keep wind turbines working.

Rio Hondo Community College
Rio Hondo College offers an associate of science degree and a certificate in Alternative Energy Technology (wind, photovoltaic systems, and energy efficiency).

Santa Fe Community College
Santa Fe Community College's (SFCC) EnergySmart Academy is one of the Department of Energy's National Weatherization Training Centers. SFCC also has Associates Degree Programs in Energy Auditing, Biofuels, Green Building Systems, Solar Energy and Environmental Technologies. In addition, Santa Fe Community College offers an Residential Energy Auditor and Inspector Program. For more programs visit our website.

Salt Lake Community College
The Utah college offers an Energy Management Training program that covers alternative and renewable energy, LEED training, HVAC controls, and energy audits, as well as a Solar Photovoltaic Installation Training program.

Shoreline Community College
The college offers an associate's degree and certificates of proficiency in clean energy technology, designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary for a career in sustainable design, construction, maintenance and management. The college also has certificate programs in clean energy building practices and solar/photovoltaic design and marketing.

Southern Sierra Clean Energy Collaborative
The Kern Community College District's Clean Energy Center provides training for utility workers, and utility-scale solar and wind operations and maintenance technicians, as well as residential/commercial energy auditors and solar installers. The Clean Energy Center is the operational hub for a collaborative partnership of workforce, educational and industry partners known as the Southern Sierra Clean Energy Collaborative.

Texas State Technical College West Texas
Texas State Technical College offers a Wind Energy Technology associate's degree program.

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Online Green Building Professional Development Series
The Division of Continuing & Professional Education offers an Online Green Building Professional Development Series. Credits earned may be applied to a University Without Walls Sustainability Studies bachelor's degree completion program.

University of Vermont: Sustainability Programs
The University of Vermont offers advanced certificates in sustainable innovation and in campus sustainable innovation. Both courses are fully online and delivered in three eight-week sessions. The certificate programs are designed to help you reduce waste and the consumption of energy, water and other natural resources, engage the community to boost public perception of your organization, and ultimately yield a return on your investment in the form of profits and cost savings.

Western Texas College
This Petroleum Technology Associates Degree program has courses designed to provide a wide range of education, exposure, and experience with the history, equipment, and many careers that comprise the Petroleum industry. The Solar Energy Technology program at Western Texas College will prepare you for a career in the fastest growing energy industry in the United States. By 2014 solar energy will be the largest source of new electric capacity in America. Offering a one-year certificate program or a two-year AAS, WTC will prepare graduates for the many employment opportunities in the solar industry.

Wisconsin Technical College System: Alternative Energy Career Programs
The colleges offer programs in the technologies of building systems, biorefinery, energy and environmental engineering, solar, wind, and energy management, as well as programs for becoming a renewable energy specialist, energy efficiency technician, and more.