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New school in Aurora to specialize in alternative energy careers


The newly opened Ecotech Institute will train students for alternative energy careers

When campaigning for office in 2008, one of the planks of candidate Bill Ritter’s platform was the creation of a “new energy economy” that relied more on renewable sources such as solar and wind.  An important component of Governor Ritter’s promise was realized with this month’s opening of Ecotech Institute in Aurora.

In an interview with the Examiner, Ecotech Institute’s President Mr. Michael Seifert expressed enthusiasm about the new school.  Following Wednesday’s kickoff ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Institute has already fielded numerous inquiries from potential students.

Ecotech will offer eight programs in various fields of sustainable energy.  When completed successfully, seven of these programs will result in awarding of an Associate of Science degree.  The eighth program, sustainable interior design, is a certificate program.  According to President Seifert, Ecotech may implement bachelors programs in the future if market demands dictate such a move.

Seifert indicated that Ecotech’s first students will begin their studies in a temporary facility in Aurora.  Ground has already been broken on a 60,000 foot facility which will be able to educate between 900-1100 students.

President Seifert expressed Ecotech's gratitutde, saying he was “pleased to be in the Denver metro area and looking forward to working with the community and local businesses.”  He also expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome Ecotech has received from Governor Ritter as well as Aurora mayor Ed Tauer.

Classes at Ecotech are scheduled to begin on July 7.  If you are interested in applying, please visit the Ecotech website.

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