Experienced administrator to lead college focused on clean-energy workforce development
Denver, Colorado - May 18, 2010 -Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, recently announced that Michael Seifert will serve as the school's president.
An education industry veteran who brings more than twenty-five years of education management experience, Seifert is uniquely qualified to lead Ecotech Institute. Seifert has served in a variety of capacities in private colleges, with a notable strength in building and maintaining well-performing educational institutions. Before joining Ecotech Institute, he was president of Kaplan College in San Diego, one of the largest campuses within the organization, for nine years. In that role, he raised college performance and it was regarded as a regional resource.
Under Seifert's leadership, Ecotech expects to educate more than 15,000 people in the next 15 years.
"Mike Seifert is a leader in education and we are excited to have him at the helm of Ecotech Institute as we blaze a sustainable trail in education," said Tom Moore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Education Corporation of America. "With demand for clean energy increasing daily, renewable energy and sustainable design are two sectors that are primed for growth and workforces need to be prepared and ready."
Seifert has also held senior leadership positions across the country with ITT Technical Institute, Computer Tech, National Education Corporation, United Education & Software, and Airco Educational Services. In addition, he has a wealth of experience in the insurance industry and retail sales. Michael received his bachelor's of science in Business Resource Development from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"I am honored to be a part of Ecotech Institute, which will significantly transform the lives of students and the community through proven and informed renewable energy and sustainable design education," said Seifert. "It is time for a college to provide practical degrees within the cleantech industry that have relevancy for the careers of the future."
Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, is launching with seven highly practical degree programs and one certificate program that provide graduates with skills that are highly valued by today's renewable energy employers, including:
• Electrical Engineering Technology, Associate of Applied Science
• Energy and Environmental Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science
• Energy Efficiency, Associate of Applied Science
• Environmental Technology, Associate of Applied Science
• Renewable Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
• Solar Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
• Sustainable Interior Design, Certificate Program
• Wind Energy Technology, Associate of Applied Science
About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the college offers seven associate's degrees and a certificate program designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com/.
About Education Corporation of America
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 18,000 students. The ECA website is www.ecacolleges.com/. Schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in fourteen different cities. Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Augusta, Georgia; Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College website is www.vc.edu/. Virginia College also offers classes worldwide via the Internet, with student services and admissions facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida. Information about online classes at Virginia College is available at www.vconline.edu. Additionally, ECA operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, with locations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida. The website is www.culinard.com. ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Golf Academy website is www.golfacademy.edu.