Collin College was recently awarded a $133,626 grant to develop a brand new industry-recognized energy certification from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). The college is working with the Texas Institute, a nonprofit energy and technology innovation driven research group at The University of Texas at Dallas to develop curriculum for a Smart Grid Management certification targeted to new and current commercial and residential energy sector employees.
With a focus on energy management and efficiency, the three to six-month Smart Grid Management certification offers a blended format with an online component, in-person lecture and hands-on laboratory. The certification will address electric grid, electric systems, smart grid architecture and advanced utility metering. Smart meter conversions and connectivity to multiple utility services position this venture as a just-in-time certification which has the potential to develop more employees for high tech jobs and serve as a benchmark for additional energy programs.
Classes will be available to the public in summer 2012. SECO will disseminate the information statewide, allowing higher education institutions around the state access to the new certification.
For more information about the new Smart Grid certification, contact Natalie Greenwell, Director for the Center of Workforce & Economic Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.collin.edu/cwed .
Collin College serves more than 51,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.