More than 200 people toured campus and learned about sustainable living
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college focused entirely on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design, recently hosted its first-ever Eco-Expo on Saturday, September 24. More than 200 people came out to enjoy the day and several vendors showcased their products, services and technologies.
Ecotech held the event in conjunction with Moving Planet's worldwide rally (http://www.moving-planet.org) to demand solutions to the climate crisis and mark one day as the start to ridding our global dependence on fossil fuels.
"We enjoyed opening our campus to the community and the weather was perfect for the event's vendors to show off their cutting-edge companies, giving people an opportunity to learn something new about how to live a green lifestyle," said Ecotech Institute's president, Michael Seifert. "We had hundreds of people walk through our doors and leave with fresh knowledge about sustainable lifestyles, clean energy, education options and eco-friendly careers."
Guests at the free event toured the Ecotech campus, attended mini-seminars about green living and sustainability, and visited with vendors and exhibitors, including Boulder ElectroRide, City Electric Supply, 99.5 The Mountain, Green Energy Solutions, SoleVento, Splendor Waterless Car Care, Green Garage, Rocky Mountain Bottled Water and Sunshine Systems.
"I would have to say that talking to Ecotech's students and faculty, being impressed by their enthusiasm and total interest in the technology and the training that Ecotech is offering was by far my favorite part of the expo," said I. Ira Hertz with Green Energy Solutions, Inc. "Introducing today's latest products can only further interest in Green industry. We are honored to have been part of the Expo."
Ecotech's Aurora campus, which opened in January 2011, is expected to produce more than 50,000-kilowatt hours of electricity each year through its on-site wind and solar technologies. Currently about 400 students attend Ecotech, with the first class graduating in July 2012.
Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers seven highly practical degree programs and one certificate program that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Find more information about Ecotech's cleantech programs.
To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit www.ecotechinstitute.com. The next round of classes begins in January and applications are being accepted now. Financial assistance is available.
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 20,000 students. The ECA website is http://www.ecacolleges.com/. In addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA 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, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in twenty different cities. Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, and Macon, Georgia; Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College website is http://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 and Mobile, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; 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.
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