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In an effort to support Maine’s growing green economy and workforce, Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) is announcing new scholarships designed to help Mainers interested in taking key training courses in residential weatherization and energy auditing.
The housing stock in Maine is among the oldest in the nation, and Maine homeowners use more imported oil for heating than in any other state. Maine has embarked on an ambitious plan to weatherize all homes by the year 2030.
Offered in partnership with Efficiency Maine, the scholarships will provide partial and full tuition. Graduates of the courses will be certified as Maine Weatherization Technicians and prepared for national certification as energy auditors and building analysts. These trainings are part of a comprehensive set of new courses at SMCC that are focused on sustainability and energy efficiency.
“SMCC is committed to driving economic development and advancing sustainability in our community and in our state,” said SMCC President Ronald Cantor. “These new scholarships will expand access to training for Maine workers and help us to meet the incredible challenge of weatherizing one of the oldest housing stocks in the country.”
SMCC will offer the Energy Auditing and Building Analyst course starting on September 14th, 2011. This 80-hour course, developed by SMCC to be the first on-line/in person hybrid energy auditor course in the Northeast, prepares students to take the Building Performance Institutes’ exam for home energy auditor certification.
SMCC’s Weatherization Technician course, starting on October 11th, 2011, prepares students for entry level jobs in the growing home energy services sector, covering basic theories of building science as well as practical aspects of home energy improvements, including the latest techniques and materials. The Weatherization Technician course is 40 hours, and successful completion will earn classroom certification for working in Maine State Housing Authority weatherization programs.
Interested students can obtain more information about the course and apply for scholarships by emailing Sustainability@smccme.edu.
Funding for the scholarships is provided through Efficiency Maine and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
This information was provided by Southern Maine Community College, which empowers students to respond to a changing world and enhances economic and cultural development in Southern Maine by providing a variety of educational opportunities and partnerships.