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HCC offers new alternative energy course

Hagerstown Community College’s Technology and Computer Studies Division will offer a new three-credit course this spring entitled “Introduction to Alternative Energy” as part of its brand new Alternative Energy Technology Program.

The course will introduce students to the various types of alternative and renewable energy available in today’s global market. Students will learn the basics about different types of energy, such as solar, wind, bio fuel, solar thermal, geothermal, magnetism, pressure, and mechanical energy. The course will also incorporate hands-on labs including a miniature wind-turbine operation, solar energy collection, and hydro-fuel vehicle operation.

“Introduction to Alternative Energy” will be offered on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., as well as on Wednesdays, from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m., beginning in the spring 2010 semester. Students may take either session.

HCC’s Alternative Energy Technology Program is designed to prepare students for entry into the rapidly growing field of renewable solar, wind, and geothermal energy technologies. HCC now offers various certificates in solar, wind, and geothermal energy technology, as well as an A.A.S. degree in alternative energy.

For more information about the Alternative Energy Technology Program, contact Anthony Valente, HCC instructor, industrial and energy technology, at 301-790-2800, ext. 581, or via e-mail at