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MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact:         Jim Mastin, Director of Public Information & Auxiliary Services


Mendocino College is excited to announce the launch of a new Sustainable Technology program offering students the opportunity to pursue three new certificates of achievement in Renewable Energy, Construction, and Residential Performance and Efficiency.  College Superintendent/President Kathy Lehner explained, “We are excited about offering these new programs to help students train for jobs and stimulate the local economy.” With six new courses scheduled for fall semester, students can register now and get started on building skills for new green career opportunities right away. These certificates require 32-34 units of coursework and can generally be completed in 3 semesters.

Many months of research and community outreach have guided the development of this new program. While the current economic down turn has certainly slowed construction and related industries, specialized opportunities in solar, green construction, energy efficiency, performance auditing, retrofitting, and other niche areas continue to show opportunity. Labor market data suggests that with many reaching retirement age, new job opportunities will exist for younger workers with technical training, particularly those with knowledge and skills related to sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable technology. Panama Bartholomy, Deputy Director of the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Division at the California Energy Commission, commented: “ This new program at Mendocino College is a great example of how community colleges can help prepare the workforce for expanding career opportunities in home performance, energy efficiency and renewables.”

The new Sustainable Technology Certificates combine competency in hands-on technical skills with an understanding of sustainability concepts and a foundation of business skills for career advancement in new and evolving technical industries. Sue Goff, Dean of Career and Technical at Mendocino College, explains, “These certificates give students a strong base of skills and knowledge that will give them an advantage in the technical trades, pursing green job opportunities, or starting their own businesses.”

To ensure that students get “real world” hands-on training, the College has made available a two-bedroom one bath vacant home built in the 1940’s on the Ukiah campus which will serve as a project zone for the lab sections in many of the new courses. In addition to learning the fundamentals of construction, students will learn first-hand how to complete a range of assessments such as blower door testing, and how to perform a variety of upgrades such as insulation and window replacement, HVAC and duct repair and replacement, solar electric system installation and solar hot water system installation. The College is also working with local employers to set up internship opportunities so that students will be getting on-the-job experience while completing these certificates.

Registration is open for fall semester. Classes start on August 22nd. For registration assistance contact a counselor at 468-3048. For more information on the new Sustainable Technology Program, contact Orion Walker at 468-3224 or visit


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