Kankakee County, Illinois, population of 112,000 and home of Kankakee Community College (KCC), is Tim Wilhelm country. A physics major from Kent State, Wilhelm’s past 20 years at KCC include an adjunct professor, student and graduate, and since 2006, the impresario of its Electrical Technology Program (ETP) focused on building a highly-qualified, well-trained clean energy workforce in Central Illinois. For such a small, rural community college some 66 miles southwest of Chicago, KCC’s ETP is raising community awareness and building the pipeline for a clean energy economy by promoting quality educational standards for a clean energy workforce writ large.
Two training organizations and two individual instructors in the clean energy industry have recently been awarded the prestigious IREC Credential.
According to the College Board’s report, Trends in College Pricing, average published tuition and fee prices increased up to 3.7 percent in 2014, depending on sector. This increase is higher than the 2.0 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index…
IREC announces the expansion of its Credentialing Program with a recent addition to its team. Anna Sullivan joins IREC as credentialing services manager, a new position designed to enhance individualized service and support to the growing number of applicants and IREC credential holders.
The latest version of the IREC Credentialing Program is available in the Key Docs section of the website. The Candidate Handbook serves as a primary resource for those who are applying for or have been awarded an IREC credential.
IREC is pleased to announce the release of the first in a series of quick tips credentialing videos. The short, instructional videos on a variety of subjects will help candidates and credential holders when applying for and managing their credentials.
The message is clear. The foundation of a skilled, knowledgeable workforce is good training – which prepares workers to safely and effectively perform the tasks solar energy jobs require – and ultimately protects individual businesses and the solar industries.
IREC Premieres Industry-Targeted Video at SPI “Accelerate Your Success: Quality is quiet. Mistakes are not.”
A bit of cartoon humor brings home the message that “the best new technology is only as good as the workmanship around it,” in this video produced by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). The short film clearly traces why credible credentials count, and how they reduce costly mistakes.
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The Commercial Building Energy Analysis Skill Profile describes the knowledge, skills and abilities individuals need to successfully conduct energy audits of commercial buildings, building systems, or process systems, analyze designs for cost effective energy performance and conduct investment-grade audits of buildings or systems. The Skill Profile (posted on the IREC website courtesy of Edmonds Community College) can be used as a basis for curriculum by clean energy training providers applying for IREC accreditation.