Ecotech Institute's first group of graduates crossed the stage on June 21, 2012 and dozens of graduates are already working in the cleantech industry. Three companies have hired a combined 20 graduates, five additional companies have hired one or two graduates, and several students have offers pending. The companies range in size and specialty, with renewable energy graduates receiving jobs in six different states.
In addition to demand from hiring organizations and job placements across the country, positive feedback from new employers about the graduates has been tremendous.
"Hiring managers across the board have been extremely complimentary about the quality of our graduates and their job readiness," said Michael Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. "One company even said that Ecotech graduates are the best new hires he has ever worked with. Another company actually created a new position to better utilize the skills and knowledge of an Ecotech graduate. We are thrilled to see our alumni already experiencing great success and making an impact in the workplace."
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in clean technology and careers in sustainability. At the school's first-ever graduation, forty-one students received their associate's degrees in the following areas: Wind Energy Technology, Solar Energy Technology, Renewable Energy Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.
Former Governor Bill Ritter, who currently serves as the Director of the Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy, delivered the commencement speech. He offered perspectives from his position as governor, discussed Colorado's aggressive role in the new energy economy, and applauded the promising future of the cleantech and clean energy industries.
"We were in the worst recession since the Great Depression and the only part of the private sector that grew during that was the cleantech/clean energy [sector]," said Ritter. "For your purposes, you chose right. You chose well. You chose the thing that grew, it has the potential to grow and grow and grow."
The Ecotech curriculum is focused on the development of soft skills (communication, workplace etiquette), and math and science basics and technology skills, but the educational emphasis is on hands-on, practical training. Ecotech's national board of advisors, who all work in cleantech industries, helped design the school's curriculum, providing coursework that reflects what students will experience upon graduation.
Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers five highly practical associate's degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Ecotech's second commencement will be in September.
To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit us online at www.ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576. The next round of classes begins in October and applications are being accepted now. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.