The expansion of the renewable energy cluster in Imperial County represents a tremendous opportunity to reduce unemployment and bring new economic prosperity to the region, and a critical component of the SEC involves developing an effective renewable energy workforce development program. SDSU-IV already has experience in creating workforce training programs of relevance to the renewable energy industry, employing instructors such as engineers and chemists with extensive experience in the geothermal industry. Its Renewable Energy Fundamentals Course was developed in collaboration with geothermal companies, and plans call for developing a Renewable Energy Technician Certificate Program. Leveraging the participation of industry partners, the SEC will provide training in such essential areas as enterprise sustainability and environmental resource management, facilities energy efficiency, and clean energy generation.
Contact: Dr. Asfaw Beyene
SDSU Department of Mechanical Engineering
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Email: [email protected]