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Sign Up Now For Green Energy Courses This Spring At Gateway Community And Technical College

Gateway Community & Technical College will offer three four-credit-hour renewable energy/energy efficiency courses in the spring term that begins Jan. 10, 2011. The courses are Energy Efficiency and Analysis , Solar/Photovoltaic Systems, and Renewable Energy/Wind/Mechanical Systems.

All three courses are suitable for current Gateway students, new students, incumbent workers in the energy field, contractors, and other energy professionals. Courses may be taken by enrolled students for credit; others can sign up for the courses on a non-credit basis without going through the admissions process.

The Energy Efficiency and Analysis course uses the house as a system approach, said Ric Bowen, associate professor and the course instructor. Students learn proper procedures to perform a step-by-step comprehensive exterior and interior survey, measure heat loads, perform Combustion Appliance Zone testing (CAZ), and depressurize the structure. This course prepares students for Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification as a Building Analyst. Gateway administers written and field exams for BPI certification. The course is offered at the Covington Campus, 1025 Amsterdam Road, on Thursdays, January 10 - May 14, from 5-9:30 p.m. Contact: Ric Bowen,, 859-442-1116.

The Solar/Photovoltaic Systems course is intended for contractors, electricians, instructors, and other practitioners, with an overall goal of developing system knowledgeable professionals, said Tom Collins, professor and course instructor. Students learn skills to design and install grid connected photovoltaic (PV) systems, and do hands on work with PV systems and equipment. The course is offered at the Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence, on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 16 - May 14, from 5-9:10 p.m. An electrical background is required. Contact: Tom Collins,, 859-442-4106.

During the Renewable Energy/Wind/Mechanical Systems course, students design, build, and place an operating wind system, said Kevin Donohoo, associate professor and course instructor. The course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 10 - May 14, from 12:30-2:45 p.m. An electrical background is required. Contact: Kevin Donohoo,, 859-442-1124.

For more information about all energy programs offered at Gateway, visit and search Energy Program or contact Dr. Yvonne Meichtry, Energy Program Coordinator, at or 859-442-4190. For information about Gateway admissions and registration, visit