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Free training to qualify for “green jobs” in building thermography, building design and photovoltaic system design will be held May 21-25 at East Central University in Ada.

ECU will provide free day care on its campus for the children of parents enrolled in the Ada classes. Parents should reserve spaces for their children at least three days before their class begins.

The university also will award certificates for all participants who complete a class.

The deadline will be May 18 [FRIDAY] to enroll in the Building Thermography class which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 and 22 [MONDAY-TUESDAY]. 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.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) class, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 23 [WEDNESDAY], will offer national certification to become a LEED Green Associate. Participants may register until 5 p.m. May 22 [TUESDAY].

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 learning tools to prepare participants for the National LEED Green Associate professional credential.

The Photovoltaic System Design and Installation Class will be taught from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 and 25 [THURSDAY-FRIDAY]. Registration will end at 5 p.m. May 23.

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.

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.

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