Collin College is getting a $133,626 grant from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office to boost green jobs in the state by developing a new Smart Grid Management certification program. Working with the Texas Institute, a nonprofit research group at the University of Texas specializing in energy and technology, the college is developing a curriculum aimed at training people for employment in both the commercial and residential energy sectors.
The smart-grid certification course will span three to six months and offer a lecture segment, a hands-on laboratory and an online component. The course will cover topics such as the electric grid, electric systems, the design and building of a smart grid, and the specifics of utility metering.
As smart-grid and smart-meter technologies rapidly develop, programs like this one can train large numbers of employees to keep up with rising demand. The state also hopes the program will serve as a jumping-off point for future energy programs, both within Collin College and in other colleges and universities around the state.
Classes at Collin, a community college in north central Texas that serves some 51,000 students, will open in the summer of 2012, and the state Energy Conservation Office is planning to expand access to the program by making the curriculum available to other institutions in Texas.
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