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Energy Education Program

The Energy Education Program provides integrated services to assist public junior colleges or public technical colleges.Assistance may include the development and delivery of technical training for certification in clean energy, supporting a transferable education pathway, introducing students to the benefits of clean energy, and allowing for greater reach and impact for targeted workshops, seminars and conferences. Under this project, Texas public junior colleges or public technical colleges are eligible to receive grants for curriculum development or program support needed to train workers for Energy Efficiency Services Sector occupations in Energy Auditing, Building Performance or Retrofitting Specialists, and Compliance Analysts or Energy Regulation Specialists.

Current Projects

Cedar Valley College- Development of Online Energy Training

Cedar Valley College is developing a hybrid-online curriculum that will generate certifications in Residential/Commercial Auditing, Renewable Energy, and Energy Management for occupation in the field of Engineering Technician (Standard occupational code 17-3029). Completion of certification track will lead to an Associate of Science (A.A.S.) in Energy Management Systems Technology/Technician (Classification of Instructional Program Code 15.0503).

Texas State Technical College- Development of Energy Auditing Curriculum

Texas State Technical College in Waco is developing an on-campus curriculum to generate certification for employment in the field of Energy Auditing (Standard occupational code 13-1199.01) and Residentail Energy Efficiency Specialist (Classification of Instructional Program Code 47.0201).

Past Projects

Texas State Technical College- Development of Fuel Cell Curriculum

The Fuel Cell Curriculum portion of the Energy Education Program was a SECO partnership with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco supporting Fuel Cell Curriculum Development at the college level. This partnership developed specific lesson plans and requisite lab environment profiles for a full curriculum that was approved by the Texas Education Agency. The curriculum was included in the 2005 courses. To increase course registration, TSTC marketed the fuel cell curriculum to universities, community colleges and career fairs statewide. For additional information, see: SECO Sponsors Fuel Cell Curriculum (pdf).

University of Texas- Effects of Energy Use on Coastal Environments Curriculum Development

Through a partnership with the University of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology and the Meadows Foundation, SECO developed a virtual reality (VR) computer model allowing students to investigate the consequences of energy use and benefits of energy efficiency on coastal environments. This lesson demonstrated how pollution affects coastal environments and emphasized energy efficiency and conserving energy as a means to reduce emissions, thereby protecting our coastal environment. Students compared the condition of the coastal environment surrounding the Galveston area over the last 150 years along with carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide levels, and temperature using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. They graphically projected these escalating conditions into the future to see how our coastal environment may change if we don’t become more energy conscious. Then they analyzed what needs to be done to reduce emissions through energy efficiency and conservation measures, including the use of alternative energy sources, and how these reductions may affect a change in our coastal environment over time.

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