January 29, 2009
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) was honored on Wednesday with a 2008 Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy Award, Institutional category, in a ceremony at the state capital. This award recognizes individuals, companies, and institutions who contribute to protecting Colorado’s environment and advancing clean power through the development, implementation, usage, and promotion of renewable energy.
“Colorado’s New Energy Economy brings good jobs, investment, and clean energy to our state,” said Governor Bill Ritter. “I am proud to recognize these leaders today with the Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards for helping to establish Colorado as a national and international leader in clean energy.”
RRCC’s Energy Technology Program has grown from 10 students in fall 2007 to 231 students currently. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy Technology as well several certificates in the field. This training provides students with high demand skills to include LEED green building, energy auditing, solar PV, and solar thermal. As of fall 2008, 20 percent of students were employed in the renewable energy field, many in their first semester of study.
“Red Rocks is honored to be recognized for our energy programs,” said Michele Haney, RRCC president. “This award demonstrates our commitment to building a solid workforce and creating an environment for sustainability.”
The winners each received an award created by Colorado artist Sandy Jackson. For more information about the awards, other winners, and artist visit the Governor’s Energy Office, www.colorado.gov/energy.
Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 14,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.
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