Representing approximately 70 percent of the industry workforce, EPCE (http://www.epceonline.org) is a unique national coalition of industry organizations that partners with higher-education to develop, sponsor, and promote online learning programs to help the energy industry meet its workforce needs. This grant project is also conducted in partnership with Virtual High School Global Consortium (http://www.govhs.org), the pioneer of K-12 online learning and course design for teachers, Northeast Utilities (http://www.nu.com), operators of New England’s largest utility system, and Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) Education Foundation (http://www.cbia.com/
Twenty-two students from the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, most of which are going into their senior year, were selected to participate in the two-year project. It began with a four week, hands-on internship and will continue with two specially-designed online courses created by Virtual High School (VHS), but facilitated at the Academy. Starting next month, students will take Mathematics of Electricity:
For over 10 years, VHS has been creating specialized online courses for institutions and grant-funded projects as an extension of their mission to equip middle and high school students with 21st century learning skills and prepare them for future careers. All VHS courses are delivered co-synchronously and taught by VHS teachers who actively teach in classrooms at VHS member schools. All are certified in their specific discipline and have completed a graduate level professional development program in online teaching. Instructors facilitate and continually monitor all courses, engaging students in discussions, and assessing each individual student’s progress.
As part of the grant, 11 high school students from Hartford’s Academy of Engineering in Green Technology spent this summer learning about OSHA compliance, how to operate heavy equipment, developed an understanding liquefied natural gas (LNG), electricity and more through a paid summer internship at Northeast Utilities subsidiaries, Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas.
Tom Burns, director of training at Northeast Utilities, is overseeing the student internships at Northeast Utilities. “We are always looking for opportunities to build a workforce pipeline, especially in the company’s larger urban areas. This is some of the best training we can offer and it’s truly been life-changing for these kids.”
About Virtual High School (VHS)
Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high school students. Virtual High School partners with schools to provide rigorous, student-centered online courses that help expand rather than replace existing curriculum options. The VHS collaborative includes 770 member schools and 15,000 enrolled students from 35 U.S. states and 45 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005, 2007 and 2008 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge 2001 Award for exemplary use of technology in education, VHS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.govhs.org or call (978) 897-1900.
The Energy Providers Coalition for Education (www.epceonline.org)
The EPCE program is a signature initiative of CAEL, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (www.cael.org)
About CBIA Education Foundation
Established in 1983, Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA's) Education Foundation is a nonprofit affiliate of CBIA( the state’s largest business association)
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The pioneer of K-12 online learning and course design for teachers, Virtual High School (VHS) is a non-profit collaborative of high schools, middle schools, teachers and students.