Collin County Community College District serves more than 38,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, CCCCD is a partner to business, govern
Other criteria typically require that the skills are transferable, and identify skills by standard occupation and wage codes, says Natalie Greenwell, director, Center for Workforce and Economic Development, Collin College, Plano, TX.
Collin College Developing New Energy Certification Course
Natalie Greenwell, director of workforce and economic development at Collin College, said the curricula will be developed for a blended-learning program, where students will use both online and face-to-face class time to complete the program, called "Smart Grid Management."
"It will start out as a local continuing education certification offered through Collin College," she said.
"It will be a replicable program and SECO plans to make it available to other colleges throughout the state."
The Smart Grid Management Program proposal starts with the fundamentals of electricity and an overview of the national power industry and proceeds on to smart grid, smart meters, and how to apply analytics to smart meter data, she said.
The program ends with the study of renewables, energy efficiencies and practices.
"This training is targeted to workers in current and future energy-related jobs and anyone involved in cost and use of energy -- from distribution to consumption," she said.
In the long run, Greenwell said, the college would like the curricula to develop into an industry-recognized certification that prepares employees to work throughout the energy sector.
SECO will disseminate the information statewide, allowing higher education institutions around the state access to the new certification.
"The college's Center for Workforce and Economic Development is always seeking opportunities to create and offer new training programs that upgrade the local workforce or prepares new hires for new and emerging businesses," she said.
"We found that partnering with industry in the development of such programs allows us to gain insight into what training is really needed."
The grant includes a pilot training program that will bring in participants from the energy field to test the training and provide feedback.
"It is our perfect opportunity to tweak the training before opening it up to everyone," Greenwell said.
As more smart applications are created to monitor and manage energy, Greenwell said more businesses will be interested in having someone on their team with the knowledge to use these Smart Meter applications to their benefit.
"I imagine anyone currently experiencing the heat wave across Texas and wondering if there will be rolling blackouts in the next few days would be very be interested in an employee with certification in energy efficiency," she said.
Natalie Greenwell, Collin College's director of workforce and economic development, is in the process of submitting a state-sponsored Skills Development Fund grant proposal to the Texas Workforce Commission.
The grant will support a series of 14 courses, including Basic 3D Modeling with SDS/2 (Version 7.1); BIM Integration; CNC Data Exchange; Project Management; and LEED Certification.
The objectives of the courses are to provide specialized training in the areas where employees need industry standard instruction.
"From entry to advanced level, these classes are specifically designed to strengthen companies by upgrading the employee work skills needed right now," said Greenwell.
The training program is coordinated by her staff and developed in partnership with local businesses.
The customized training will be provided tuition-free to partnering steel detailers and fabricators in the area.
The grant proposal will be submitted in March2009.
If funding is granted, this will be the 10th Skills Development Fund Grant Collin College has received.
Over the last five years, they have deployed over $7.2 million in grant funded training.
The Skills Development Fund supports training incumbent workforce and new hires within a specific industry.
If you're interested in attending any of these courses, contact Natalie Greenwell at 972.985.3768 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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