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Fellow: Bryan L.
Campus: College of the Desert
Full Project Description
The Desert region of the Inland Empire is rapidly becoming a hub for renewable energy innovation. At the same time, many skilled workers in this sector are expected to retire over the next five years. The College of the Desert is in the process of creating a Zero Net Energy certificate program which will provide an expedited pathway for students to become proficient in a wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and to quickly develop skills that are in high demand. This program will also allow students to choose a specialization pathway and to receive professional accreditation in their chosen area of expertise.
The Energize Colleges/Climate Corps Bay Area Fellow will work with the College of the Desert to implement additional measures to aid in recruiting for the program and to improve the employment prospects of its graduates.
The Fellow's main project goals are to:
- Create an internship proram focused on renewable energy and/or energy efficiency for students at the College
- Support college interns in conducting outreach activities at local high schools
- Help high schools implement concurrent enrollment program, allowing students to complete prerequisite classes for the Zero Net Energy certificate program while still in high school
- Work with industry partners to create an employment pathway for the students who create the Zero Net Energy certificate.
- Assist in obtaining a solar panel trailer (to use for high school outreach) and equipment for the new battery storage curriculum
Fellow's Learning Objectives
The following Learning Objectives reflect Bryan's professional development goals:
- Develop project management skills
- Develop community/business outreach skills
- Become familiar with zero net energy legislation and technology