HARRISBURG – The Green Center of Central Pennsylvania recently was awarded a “Green Power: Turn it on!” award from Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) for its efforts to promote the clean energy economy.
“Your award is for your leadership in promoting solar and energy efficiency through education and workforce training programs,” Jan Jarrett, PennFuture president and CEO, wrote in his notification of the award.
Julia Knight, executive director of the Green Center, accepted the award during the 11th annual Green Power Awards luncheon ceremony in Philadelphia.
“HACC is a leader in providing training programs in emerging green technology fields, particularly in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy and building analyst/energy auditor programs,” said Ron Young, HACC interim president. “We appreciate recognition for our efforts from PennFuture in its campaign to build the state’s renewable energy market.”
Young added, “The college continues to expand opportunities for students who want to learn the skills necessary to be successful in this field with the addition next fall of an associate degree in green technology.”
In addition to solar PV and energy analyst programs, HACC offers mechatronics, wind and geothermal energy, and heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) courses tailored to green technology jobs.
“Our mission is to provide our students with the training and education to compete successfully for the jobs required by Central Pennsylvania employers, and that includes not only emerging green technology but an array of trade and technical jobs as well,” said Cindy Reiner, HACC dean of workforce development, public safety center and continuing education.
The Green Center, which is located on the first floor of the Campus Square Building in Midtown, is a public/private partnership between HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College and GreenWorks Development LLC. HACC offers green technology courses in the building, as well as the college’s Midtown 1 and Midtown 2 sites nearby.