HCC’s alternative energy program receives state approval

(Seotember 22, 2010) - A new associate degree and two certificates in Alternative Energy Technology at Hagerstown Community College have been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and received statewide designation for Maryland public community colleges, which allows out-of-county students to pay in-county tuition rates for these programs.
HCC offers an associate of applied science degree in Alternative Energy Technology and related certificates in Geothermal Energy Installation/Service and Solar/Wind Energy Installation/Service. The goal of these programs is to prepare students to enter industrial, commercial, and residential settings in the growing areas of renewable energy (solar, wind, and geothermal) technologies.
HCC is also offering non-credit two-hour information sessions in alternative energy technology. These include Introduction to Alternative Energy for Electricians on October 23, from 9-11 a.m.; Alternative Energy by the Numbers on October 30, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Introduction to Geothermal Technology for HVAC Technicians on November 6, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and The ABCs of Alternative Energy on November 13, from 9 to 11 a.m.
The Industrial Technology degree and certificate and Facilities Maintenance Technology certificate at HCC have also been designated as statewide programs, giving out-of-county students the same opportunity to pay in-county tuition rates for these programs.
For more information on these programs, contact Tony Valente, instructor of industrial technology and energy, at arvalente@hagerstowncc.edu, or 301-790-2800, ext. 581.