Green Economy, Employment and Career Prospects, Non-Credit Course Offerings to be Discussed Sept. 14

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange will collaborate with the Mid-Hudson Energy Smart Communities and Sustainable Hudson Valley to offer a “Green Careers and Green Technology Courses” Open House from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Gilman Center for International Education on the College’s Middletown campus.

SUNY Orange’s Continuing Education staff will highlight the College’s upcoming non-credit course offerings in green technologies, including courses that train students in installing photovoltaic solar panels, accredit students in geothermal installation processes and prepare students to design solar hot water systems.

Photovoltaics instructor Howard Aschoff, who remains at the forefront in the development of solar technology in the Hudson Valley, will serve as the keynote speaker. The applied engineering concept that Aschoff utilizes in his classes was formed by his research and development experiences at both Honeywell Labs Corp. and Princeton University.

In addition, the College has invited Patricia Courtney Strong, coordinator of Mid-Hudson Energy Smart Communities, to provide an overview of the green economy, along with job prospects and current incentives offered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Dr. Melissa Everett, executive director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, will discuss career paths and possibilities in the green economy.

The solar hot water system design course that will be highlighted will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19. The three-day geothermal installer certification course will be held Oct. 20-22. The photovoltaic solar panel course will meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Oct. 13 and Nov. 6, and is a joint venture between SUNY Orange and SUNY Ulster made possible by a NYSERDA grant.

For more information on the Open House, contact Lou DeFeo, SUNY Orange workforce development education coordinator, at (845) 341-4532.

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940