Training initiative gets going
September 30, 2009
A training collaborative composed of the Governor’s Office, the South Carolina Technical College system and the South Carolina Energy Office (SCEO) will be using around $22 million in federal stimulus funding to train home energy raters, solar and geothermal installers, building code officials, energy auditors, building analysts, insulation and airsealing experts and more.
“We are very excited to be working with the Tech system to provide courses that will move the South Carolina green collar workforce forward,” said the SCEO’s Trish Jerman
Although the stimulus legislation was passed only a few months ago, energy efficiency training centers already have been established at six of the state’s tech schools – York Tech, Piedmont Tech, Midlands Tech, Horry-Georgetown Tech, Trident Tech and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. It is likely that additional courses will be offered at Tech schools around the state.
These centers will house certified instructors and the equipment needed to facilitate the training that will be held there.
Technical colleges have already begun offering courses in several different areas designed to increase the number of qualified professionals in South Carolina with a detailed background in energy efficiency and building best practices.
Some of the courses now being offered include: envelope credential professional, building analyst and manufactured housing professional.
For those interested in signing up, consult the continuing education Web sites of the six energy efficiency training centers to see which courses are being offered nearest you.