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STLCC to Offer Courses in Sustainable Energy Technology and Sustainable Construction

December 09, 2011

Green building practices are becoming commonplace in new construction, retrofitting and facility management. Beginning in the spring 2012 semester, St. Louis Community College will offer classes in sustainable energy technology and sustainable construction. The classes are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the growing fields of sustainable building technology.

In the sustainable energy technology courses, students will learn about energy efficiency and its role in the built environment. They will study energy systems, construction fundamentals, sustainable design fundamentals, and learn how those concepts work as part of a whole building. These courses are designed for students who are preparing for entry-level positions as well as those already working in energy-related fields. Students should have a strong desire to work in the energy field, solve energy efficiency problems and work with industry professionals to improve buildings.

In the sustainable construction courses, students will learn to read and analyze construction drawings and other documents, evaluate building materials, examine building systems, and apply principles and practices of sustainability to decision-making processes in all phases of construction. These courses will prepare individuals for entry-level positions and also will prove beneficial to those already working in related fields.

Individuals interested in learning more about these courses are invited to attend a special information session 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, in Room 110/116 in the Training Center at STLCC‘s Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road in Ferguson. There is no charge to attend this session; however, registration is required. To reserve a space, visit www.stlcc.edu/visit or call 314-513-4633.

Classes meet in the evening and begin Jan. 17 at the Florissant Valley campus. Seating is limited, and there is no tuition cost for qualified individuals in most of the classes. To determine if you qualify, contact Carla Jordan at cjordan55@stlcc.edu or call 314-513-4633.

Core classes in this program’s initial cohort of students are funded through the Training for Tomorrow Grant Initiative. STLCC is collaborating with St. Louis City to develop and expand programs in health care, life sciences, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, interdisciplinary green technologies and information technology. The program is designed to retrain and re-employ individuals in middle-skill jobs. The funding, from the federal Second Supplemental Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant program, is part of Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon’s initiative to help community colleges create or expand programs to serve additional students in disciplines expected to contribute to economic recovery.