International Sustainability Symposium
Trident Technical College and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), in partnership with the Danish and German embassies, hosted a special day-long symposium, Sustainable Ways to Community Prosperity, March 27, 2012, with delegations from Denmark, Germany and the United States sharing their sustainability success stories.
Exchange ideas about sustainable ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase energy and national security, reduce the levels of damaging greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.
The symposium was held 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the College Center on TTC's Main Campus in North Charleston.
Trident Technical College, the Trident One Stop Career System and The Sustainability Institute of South Carolina will receive $762,327 over two years to train the local work force for green-related careers. The money comes from a $3.8 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s “Pathways Out of Poverty” program, a national green jobs initiative. MDC, a North Carolina-based nonprofit focused on improving educational and economic opportunities in the South, received the grant and will work with four community colleges to implement a program called “Career Pathways for a Green South”.
The program’s goal is to help low-income and disadvantaged people train for good jobs in the emerging green economy. TTC is using the grant money to offer weatherization training to over 200 unemployed and underemployed people. Program participants will also have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials such as NCCER Core certifications and Green Associate Certifications. The Sustainability Institute will be responsible for recruiting and placing program participants and assisting in job placement. The Trident One Stop supports the recruitment and assessment activities of the project. MDC staff provides coaching in order to develop recruitment, training and job placement strategies. For more information about the project, see the U.S. Department of Labor news release at www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/eta20100039.htm This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
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Energy Efficiency Center
TTC was named one of six technical colleges and received grant award from the South Carolina Department of Energy, administered by the SC Technical College System office to offer weatherization training to community housing professional and others in the latest home weatherization techniques. TTC offers weatherization training for professional invested in both residential and mobile home weatherization. TTC continues to develop expertise in weatherizing home and efficient use of heating and cooling systems. Look for future courses in geothermal systems.
TTC received a grant award from the South Carolina Department of Energy, administered by the SC Tech College System office for the purchase of equipment to enable the college to deliver both solar thermal and PV solar training. The Amount of the grant was $25,000.
Motion sensors for lights and Bldg. 400 lighting upgrade. An ARRA Project.