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October 2009 Press Release



For immediate release: October 6, 2009                                    Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4511



Maryland Community Colleges Offering Weatherization,

Energy Efficiency Training

Annapolis, MD (October 6, 2009) - Courses in weatherization and energy efficiency at Maryland’s community colleges were announced recently through a partnership called the Construction and Energy Technologies Education Consortium (CETEC). Thirteen community colleges offer a course in Home Energy Analysis beginning October, 2009 to April 2010 and five offer a course in Weatherization Tactics from October 2009 to March 2010.

“Community colleges are on the front lines when it comes to offering continuing education courses,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. said. “It’s a real benefit to the State that they have partnered up to offer these courses to teach employees in the construction industry about this important and growing field that will contribute to Governor O’Malley’s efforts by putting families first through promoting job growth and environmental sustainability.”

The 13 community colleges offering the Home Energy Analysis course are Community College of Baltimore County, Frederick Community College, Howard Community College, Allegany College of Maryland, Harford Community College, Carroll Community College, Wor-Wic Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, Baltimore City Community College, Montgomery College, Cecil Community College (Harford County location), Chesapeake College and Prince George’s Community College. The Community College of Baltimore County, Prince George’s Community College, Frederick Community College, Montgomery College and Baltimore City Community College will offer the Weatherization Tactics course.

All start dates and times of each course will vary between institutions. Many other courses and programs besides these two are offered through the consortium.

CETEC is designed to not only educate workers in the construction industry about ways to build environmentally sustainable and energy efficient structures, but also to support Maryland’s workforce needs for workers with training in constructing environmentally sensitive buildings. The courses offered through CETEC carry out a recommendation from the Construction Industry Initiative Steering Committee of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board that was searching for ways to align construction-related education and training programs at all levels of Maryland’s P-20 education system to produce workers ready to address the State’s workforce needs.

For more information, contact the Weatherization Call Center at 443-840-5059.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.






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