SUNY Ulster Offers Summer Technical Institute

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SUNY Ulster Offers Summer Technical Institute

Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Classes

April 21, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

SUNY Ulster Offers Summer Technical Institute

Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Classes

Beginning this summer, SUNY Ulster will offer clean energy and energy efficiency classes for those looking to gain knowledge in these growing technical fields. Courses will be taught on the Stone Ridge Campus in the Kelder Center for Building Science and Advanced Technologies. The development of the summer technical institute allows SUNY Ulster to expand the market that is being served, keeping with the vision of NY State. Local energy efficiency companies and solar companies are in need of hiring good competent workers for these new jobs. Training is essential for the growth of these companies. Both summer courses will focus on hands-on learning which contractors have echoed overwhelmingly that job applicants with these skills are the most attractive job candidates.

The Basics of Building Science Summer Technical Institute is an intensive learning experience that includes presentations from Building Science professionals and hands-on activities. Participants will study “whole-house” energy assessments, identify efficiency, moisture, and health problems at their root causes, then learn to prescribe and prioritize solutions based on building science principles. Students will be taught by an Energy Coach and will learn and perform hands-on building science activities in the state-of-the-art energy efficiency building science test house used for training professionals in this field. This course is geared towards those interested in a career as an Energy Auditor, Architect, General Contractor as well as those interested in starting their own business. This course is available to those 16 years or older. The class will run Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 24 through 28, 2017.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Energy Professionals Summer Technical Institute is an intensive learning experience that includes presentations from solar professionals, hands-on activities, and field visits. Participants work in collaborative teams to assemble a PV system. Students will learn and apply industry best practices and learn how to size and design a basic PV system. This program is geared towards those interested in a career in sustainability, green building maintenance and design, engineer¬ing, or solar installer. According to O*Net, the projected growth for PV Installers in the US (2014-2024) is expected to be 24%. This 3-credit course is available to those 16 years or older. The class will run Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 29 through August 13, 2017. Class on Saturday, August 5 and 12 will end at 6:00 p.m.

The Kelder Center is a state-of-the-art building science lab house, also known as a pressure house that was built and outfitted so the entire house is a building-science laboratory demonstrating energy loss issues and other problems faced by those working in the energy efficiency field. This lab house is one of five such facilities in New York State. The development of the summer technical institute allows SUNY Ulster to expand the market that is being served, keeping with the vision of NY State. Local energy efficiency companies and solar companies are in need of hiring good competent workers for these new jobs. Training high school and college students is essential for the growth of these companies. Both summer courses will focus on hands-on learning which contractors have told us overwhelmingly that job applicants with these skills are the most attractive job candidates.

For more information on these courses, please contact Barbara Reer at 845-802-7171 or 845-688-6041 or reerb@sunyulster.edu. Registration is available online at www.sunyulster.edu/ce .

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