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Educating Delawareans for a New Green Economy

Delaware Tech's newest offerings in applied energy are providing Delawareans with opportunities to work in an emerging green economy. That was one of the themes of the "Green Jobs" program, the latest in a 5-part series on sustainability and the environment entitled "Green Matters in the Delaware Region."

Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) and founder of Happy Harry's Drug Stores, and Frances H. Leach, EdD, Dean of Instruction at the Stanton/Wilmington Campus of Delaware Tech were the featured speakers at the event held on February 17, 2010 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark.

"We believe that environmental responsibility and economic growth are not mutually exclusive," said Secretary Levin at a series hosted earlier this year called "Green Matters in the Delaware Region," "but we need to ensure that Delaware is friendly to green industries. We know that the best companies choose locations with great education systems and skilled workers, and there is no better place to get the practical education Delawareans need to enter the workforce than Delaware Tech."

The College's new "green" offerings which include:

  • Facilities Energy Management Certificate Program: designed for HVAC technicians and facilities managers to help them achieve more efficient operation of heating, cooling, lighting and other power equipment.
  • Industry-Certified Residential Energy Auditor Certificate Program: prepares graduates to work as consultants, helping consumers identify ways to make their homes more efficient by reducing air leaks, replacing aging appliances or installing extra insulation.
  • Weatherization Certificate Program: prepares graduates to install materials in residential buildings to conserve energy and reduce energy costs.
  • Two-Year Degree in Energy Management: prepares graduates to manage lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for maximum energy efficiency through conservation and renewable energy improvements.

Offerings currently in development for rollout within the next year include:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Certificate Program: prepares graduates to install, operate and maintain solar systems.

"Our offerings are fully aligned with the Governor's vision which has already produced new mandates and incentives that will drive the greening of existing jobs -- such as higher efficiency standards for new construction -- as well as create new energy-related jobs for Delawareans," noted Leach. "We are proud to be partners in the State's commitment to capitalize on economic development opportunities while making Delaware an even better place to live."