Wake Tech Expands “Green” Technology Training

March 8th, 2010


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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 8, 2010) - Wake Technical Community College announces two new programs in the rapidly-expanding field of "green" technology. The eight-week programs are designed to prepare workers for jobs that focus on home energy efficiency and "smart" home technology. The programs are free for unemployed and under-employed workers who qualify.

Students who complete the programs are awarded certificates demonstrating proficiency in the following areas:

  • Smart Home Technology: The "smart" home includes devices that automate lighting and manage energy consumption. In this program, students will learn to install energy-efficient lighting, temperature, and water systems and to perform post-installation service and maintenance.
  • Home Analyst for Safety and Energy Savings: The Home Analyst program provides the skills to evaluate energy usage through a complete home audit, and to make recommendations to homeowners about how to achieve greater energy efficiency.

The new programs, which begin March 29 at Wake Tech's Plastics Technology Center in Zebulon, are supported by a $20,000 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund. They expand Wake Tech's existing green technology offerings, which include programs in alternative fuels, hybrid vehicle technologies, and green building fundamentals.

"Career opportunities in green technologies are growing," says Wake Tech President Stephen Scott, "and we're working hard to provide the training people need to shift into these new and expanding industries."

Unemployed and under-employed workers, including former tobacco farmers and other agriculture workers, may qualify for free tuition by completing a Career Readiness assessment. For more information, visit http://greenjobs.waketech.edu.

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