Lane Community College

Lane Community College

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Upgrade Your Career with an Online Energy Management Degree from Lane Community College

As projected, the energy efficiency industry is increasingly experiencing a shortage of practitioners. Fortunately, the Northwest has the nation’s model energy education degree program at Lane Community College (LCC), which is preparing students to fill these vacant positions. Many second-career and non-traditional students are interested in the energy industry, however they lack the local educational resources which provide the academic qualifications needed to enter the workforce. The National Science Foundation has recognized this shortfall in practitioners and available trainings and has awarded LCC a grant to expand its current Energy Management Technician Program to provide an online degree. The two-year degree program includes online courses in addition to providing hands-on skills with “real world” field projects and cultivating employment opportunities with regional employers.

The development of a robust online program enables energy efficiency education to be available to a wider Northwest geographic population. Specifically, LCC is reaching out to potential students and current energy professionals in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The aim of the program is to produce highly-qualified energy management technicians for the region’s residential and commercial building sector and provide access to high-wage, high-skill jobs to students in rural areas or students who are not able to attend “traditional” classes at LCC.

The objectives of the expanded program are not just limited to generating course content for online classes. The program is piloting a methodology for students to be able to accomplish technical hands-on activities remotely. This means that students will not be required to travel to Eugene, Oregon for training. Instead, LCC is working with utilities to connect students to fieldwork mentors in their area (through the assistance of Northwest Water and Education Institute). The field work mentors are industry experts who will guide training activities specific to the student’s coursework. They will facilitate aspects such as access to tools, mechanical equipment and/or tactile experiences. Additionally, they provide an invaluable direct
student-to-industry connection that cultivates immersion into the energy industry along with potential employment opportunities.

With this model of higher education and industry partnership, online energy management students will have more convenient access to education and training by completing online courses and working with fieldwork mentors independently of their geographic location, work-schedule or family obligations. This opens opportunities for diversifying student demographics that are unavailable in current classes and absent within the energy industry.

“This is not just taking a program online, rather, we have the potential to revolutionize how career technical programs serve underserved populations. Utilizing proven online instructional methods and innovative partnerships, we expect to increase the Energy Management program’s enrollment and consequently that of Lane Community College.”

– Roger Ebbage, Energy and Water Education Program Coordinator

Applications for the expanded online Energy Management Technician Program are currently being accepted for Fall 2017 enrollment at lanecc.edu/nweei.

For more information, contact: Roger Ebbage
Coordinator, Energy and Water Education Programs Lane Community College
541-463-6160 | ebbager@lanecc.edu | lanecc.edu/nweei | nweei.org

DEPARTMENT

Institute for Sustainable Practices

ADDRESS

101 W. 10th Ave. Eugene, OR 97405

COUNTRY

United States

TELEPHONE

541-463-6160

CONTACT PERSON

Roger Ebbage, Program Coordinator

E-MAIL

ebbager@lanecc.edu

DEGREE LEVEL

ASSOCIATE

BACHELOR

MASTER

DOCTORATE

TYPICAL YEARS OF FULL-TIME STUDY

Associates: 2

Associates: 2

2

Bachelors: N/A

Bachelors: N/A

N/A

Masters: N/A

Masters: N/A

N/A

Doctorate: N/A

Doctorate: N/A

N/A

PART-TIME STUDY AVAILABLE

Associates: No

Associates: No

No

Bachelors: N/A

Bachelors: N/A

N/A

Masters: N/A

Masters: N/A

N/A

Doctorate: N/A

Doctorate: N/A

N/A

IS THE PROGRAM ONLINE?

Associates: Yes

Associates: Yes

Yes

Bachelors: N/A

Bachelors: N/A

N/A

Masters: N/A

Masters: N/A

N/A

Doctorate: N/A

Doctorate: N/A

N/A

AVERAGE # OF STUDENTS ENROLLED

Associates: 30

Associates: 30

30

Bachelors: N/A

Bachelors: N/A

N/A

Masters: N/A

Masters: N/A

N/A

Doctorate: N/A

Doctorate: N/A

N/A

AVERAGE # OF GRADUATES PER YEAR

Associates: 20

Associates: 20

20

Bachelors: N/A

Bachelors: N/A

N/A

Masters: N/A

Masters: N/A

N/A

Doctorate: N/A

Doctorate: N/A

N/A

DEGREE OFFERING INFORMATION

The two-year degree Energy Management Technician program includes online courses in addition to providing hands-on skills with “real world” field projects and cultivating employment opportunities with regional employers. The development of a robust online program enables energy efficiency education to be available to a wider Northwest geographic population. Specifically, LCC is reaching out to potential students and current energy professionals in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The aim of the program is to produce highly-qualified energy management technicians for the region’s residential and commercial building sector and provide access to high-wage, high-skill jobs to students in rural areas or students who are not able to attend “traditional” classes at LCC. The objectives of the expanded program are not just limited to generating course content for online classes. The program is piloting a methodology for students to be able to accomplish technical hands-on activities remotely. This means that students will not be required to travel to Eugene, Oregon for training. Instead, LCC is working with utilities to connect students to fieldwork mentors in their area (through the assistance of Northwest Water and Education Institute). The field work mentors are industry experts who will guide training activities specific to the student’s coursework. They will facilitate aspects such as access to tools, mechanical equipment and/or tactile experiences. Additionally, they provide an invaluable direct student-to-industry connection that cultivates immersion into the energy industry along with potential employment opportunities.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION(S)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council