Fall 2010 |
MCC student Kossi Dagbovie examines the meter attached to a small sample of
photovoltaic solar collectors. What he learns in MCC's Solar Electric
Installation class will help him create a more energy-conscious
Nebraska—and world. Dagbovie is moving toward his goal of learning
about and working in sustainable energies in Nebraska, and eventually he
plans to take that knowledge home to Togo in West Africa.
Students like Dagbovie will receive more hands-on solar panel training as
Nebraska revs up its focus on renewable energy sources. On the horizon are a
pair of projects that will open new opportunities for MCC to train future
renewable energy experts. The College is part of a $5 million statewide grant
to connect industry with education and develop hubs of sustainability
expertise in Nebraska. In this Nebraska Department of Labor project, MCC will
help shore up eastern Nebraska's sustainable building technologies and green
construction techniques. A second grant will fund curriculum development and
specialist diplomas in solar and sustainable energy technology.
Building Nebraska's green economy has significant impacts. By bolstering a
green economy now, Nebraska will create jobs, reduce the state's
environmental impact and play a key role as a Midwest leader on how to meet
energy demands. In addition to regional effects, U.S. Senators Lee Terry and
Ben Nelson have said solar energy and trained solar experts will help the
country become more energy efficient and energy secure.
MCC's Solar Panel Installation class is one of many new classes
that will help train students like Kossi Dagbovie for the growing
green and clean economy.
At MCC, the focus on renewable energies will create workshops for industry
leaders, online and traditional solar courses, the integration of sustainable
energy technology in trades courses and two dual credit high school courses.
Classes could include collaboration with Creighton University, where students
will receive hands-on experience working with the largest array of
photovoltaic solar collectors in the state. The curriculum MCC develops will
be replicated in community colleges across Nebraska.