Andrew Michler

Ecotech Institute: The United States' First School Exclusively For Green Degrees

by , 11/07/11

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The demand for green jobs has increased even as the larger jobs market declines, and now many colleges and universities have begun to offer courses in sustainability. The Ecotech Institute, located near Denver, Colorado, is the first school to be developed from the ground up with a focus on sustainability – it offers two-year associate degrees in eight green technology sectors. The programs promise hands-on technical training from experienced faculty to prepare students for the real-world applications of sustainable technologies, and the school stands to fill the needs of industries looking for qualified technicians.

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The school opened in April 2010, and soon the first set of graduates will be entering a marketplace in need of tech-savvy job applicants. One of the biggest gaps in education is the need for qualified technicians who have hands-on experience working with solar, wind, and energy-efficiency technologies. Located in a LEED Gold building crowned with wind turbines, The Ecotech Institute aims to fill the space between on-the-job training and a four-year engineering degree by preparing students with classroom curriculum and labs focused on renewable energy technologies. They claim to offer a more thorough education than conventional community colleges by focusing on very specific industry related subjects and by offering a more flexible schedule for working students.

The school curriculum focuses largely on solar and wind technologies and offers labs and classes that focus on real-world design, installation and service. To round out the offerings, an associate in applied sciences degree is available for environmental technology and energy efficiency. They also offer a program for energy and environmental paralegal education and a certificate for sustainable interior design.

While many job sectors are struggling to stay afloat in this economy, renewable energy continues to surge – and the prospect for clean tech jobs may be even larger in the coming years. The Ecotech Institute fills the need for companies who are struggling to acquire qualified staff to make sustainability a reality.

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3 Comments

  1. onlyarose November 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    An Eco School?! Hey, a little bit goes a long way! I live in Los Angeles… so jealous. *_*

    I wanna go…. *sniff*

  2. millencolinf2f November 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Is it 100% green? No, but they did use an existing building and retrofitted it to suit their needs following LEED standards rather than building something new and impacting other areas. They do have wind turbines as well as solar arrays (also shown in the pic) which produce about 25% of their electricity. They are close to mass transit lines including bus routes (I’m not sure about bike/walking routes).

    I live in Colorado and have attended one of Ecotech’s open houses and feel they have done a nice job and offer many green career paths that you won’t find at any other school. They are not 100% sustainable, but I don’t think any school, industry, business, whatever is yet. At least they are headed in the right direction in my opinion.

    I like reading Inhabitat but get discouraged some times by the comments I read. People are quick to judge and put down new ideas rather than praising for advancements others have made. There is new perfect green bullet out there yet, but progress is being made and I believe Ecotech is will help in the growth of it.

  3. seattleist November 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    How sustainable could this school be? It’s situated in a suburban office park and is surrounded by a giant parking lot. A few wind turbines on an otherwise typical building does not a sustainable building make. Wouldn’t a truly sustainable school be located in a building that is easily accessible by foot, bike, and transit? And wouldn’t it employ natural daylighting instead of typical fluorescent lighting?

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