CCC Partners with Alcorn with Grant to Train Energy Auditors
CLARKSDALE – Fifteen Coahoma Community College students as well as community members will now have the opportunity to become marketable as green-collar professionals during a new, innovative energy auditing training next month.
Energy auditors are professionals that are trained to perform assessments and evaluations to determine how a home or business can become more energy efficient. The program is being offered at CCC through a partnership with Alcorn State University (ASU), who was awarded funding for the program through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The specialized training will be taught by CORE USA, a New Orleans-based company dedicated to organizing, educating, and mobilizing households, businesses and communities to build and maintain sustainable living and working environments.
The students, who are currently enrolled in CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education’s Residential Carpentry Program, will be able to attend the training, on April 14 at 8 a.m., at no cost thanks to scholarships funded through the grant. The training is also open to community members at their own expense.
Representatives from ASU and CORE USA met with CCC’s Vice President of Career and Technical Education Anne Clark recently to discuss the details of the program. During the meeting, Clark signed the contract, officially launching the partnership between CCC and ASU.
“I’m excited about this partnership with Alcorn State University and the experience that our students here at Coahoma Community College will receive,” said Ann Clark
According to ASU’s consultant Wes C. Miller, managing partner of Broader Horizon Management Consulting of Jackson, it’s the first time a program of this type has been offered in the Mississippi Delta and has specifically targeted students. Due to the rising energy costs and inefficiency in plants and buildings, there will be a continued increase in demand for trained and experienced energy auditors, Miller said.
“These services are an important part of weatherization. By 2015, it will be the norm to have these services performed, and by training individuals at CCC, we’re ensuring that the Delta community can receive services from professionals that they can trust,” said Miller.
“Our students are becoming multi-skilled and will be able to work here in Coahoma County and surrounding areas as oppose to bringing people from other areas. That’s our goal—to have a trained workforce here,” said Clark.
Tilman Hardy, CEO of CORE USA said that once the training is complete, CCC students will be some of the most highly trained energy auditors in the country.
“The thing that’s going to separate these energy auditors from others is that not only will they be collecting data, they will also be able to create energy models. Other energy auditors around the country are not required to create energy models during their training, so this group will be ahead of the bunch,” said Hardy.
For more information or for interested community members, including contractors and other building professionals, contact Clark at (662) 621-4220.