ECU PLANS FREE TRAINING FOR ‘GREEN JOBS’ IN McALESTER

Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in photovoltaic system design and installation, building design and building thermography will be conducted in McAlester in June by East Central University.

ECU will teach three classes at the Kiamichi Technology Center in McAlester and will award certificates to participants who complete a class.

The Photovoltaic System Design and Installation Class will be taught from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 and 6 [TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY]. Registration will end at 5 p.m. June 1.

Photovoltaic systems are renewable energy systems capable of generating electricity from sunlight for residential, public and commercial buildings. The course will include system design, solar resource and site assessment tools, component selection, system sizing calculations and basics of system installation. After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) class, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 7 [THURSDAY], will offer national certification to become a LEED Green Associate. Participants may register until 5 p.m. June 6 [WEDNESDAY].

The LEED class will teach principles of building design, construction and operation in order to achieve greater efficiency, improved health and comfort in indoor environments and promote sustainability. It includes printed materials and an online course and materials to prepare participants for the National LEED Green Associate professional credential.

The deadline will be June 8 [FRIDAY] to enroll in the Building Thermography class which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 and 13 [TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY]. Thermography is the science of visualizing infrared energy (heat) patterns. It has applications in a number of industries and determining environmental conditions.

The class will teach scientific principles of thermography, thermography applications, operation of infrared cameras and the use of thermography software to analyze infrared camera data and generate thermography reports.

To enroll or for more information, call Irina Campbell at 580-559-5632. Eligible participants must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens and at least 18 years old. They can be either employed or unemployed workers, veterans and spouses of veterans, workers impacted by the National Energy and Environmental Policy, or individuals in need of updated training related to the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.

The courses are sponsored by the Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Consortium Grant of ECU and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

For Immediate Release: 
Contact:Amy Ford
Jill Frye
East Central University Communications and Marketing
580-559-5650 or 405-812-1428 (cell)
Or Dr. Guy Sewell, Director, Institute for Environmental Science Education and Research, 580-559-5547