The Clean Energy Management Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program combines renewable energy and business courses to meet industry demands for a workforce that possesses a blend of technical skills and business management ability.
In addition to basic electrical theory and an exploration of photovoltaic, geothermal, wind and fuel cell energies, the program focuses on the essential principles of finance, marketing and business development. The interdisciplinary curriculum also provides technical training in PV installation, troubleshooting and maintenance. There is flexibility in the choice of electives.
More than 20 renewable energy technology companies and associations were surveyed as the program was being developed, with each offering input into coursework from their individual perspectives.
The only associate degree program of its kind in this area, Clean Energy Management is designed to lead to immediate employment. Courses are taught at both the main campus and TEC-SMART, the college's extension center in Malta. Online offerings account for 50 percent of the coursework.
The degree program is offered through the college's Building Systems Technology Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- This program meets the growing demand for employees in the field of clean energy who possess a blend of technical and business management skills.
- The selection of business courses prepares students for administrative and back office management careers in the field.
- Industry input was sought in developing courses and program requirements.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
As solar businesses continue to expand, so does the level of knowledge required needed to run the organizations. Companies are seeking employees with a broad-based educational foundation of business knowledge as well as expert installation skills.
According to statistics from the Solar Foundation, as of November 2015, 8,250 workers were employed by the solar industry in New York, representing 13.3 percent growth since November 2014.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of electrical theory and renewable energy production.
- Demonstrate a basic theory of general management principals.
For more information regarding this program, contact:
Building Systems Technology Department
Williams Hall, Room 125
For more information about admission to this program, contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223