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MCC'S ENERGY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM HAS GLOBAL REACH

Individuals looking for a quality Energy Management (EM) degree program may find their search points to Madisonville Community College (MCC). Ranked in the top 10% of community colleges nationwide, MCC implemented the Energy Management program in 2013 as a fully online program requiring no textbooks. That is how Cem Kuyumcu, a civil engineer living in Ankara, Turkey, came to be enrolled in MCC s EM program. Kuyumcu owns a small-sized company, operating in the Turkish renewal energy section, which offers all phases of engineering services from planning to finalization, construction, and commercial start-up of the renewable energy power plant projects, as well as consultancy services for third party energy companies. With renewable energy gaining importance every day in Turkey, Kuyumcu felt it was crucial to improve his business by participating in a university-based professional training program. After a detailed search through the Internet, Kuyumcu found Madisonville Community College s Energy Management program which, at first glance, was meeting his requirements of an online education program. After his contact with MCC s Energy Management Program Coordinator Jake Hildebrant, he was convinced that this program was the optimum option for me. Kuyumcu shared, As an international student, I took every advantage of the program and I had no problems with having access to all program materials and lessons. Now I m applying my technical acquisitions in my business and building my new business plans on what I ve learned from the program.

MCC s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox noted, We are very pleased to see the Energy Management program receiving such state, national, and now international attention. This program becomes an attractive option for people looking for the online flexibility and the cost-savings of the textbook zero feature. We, at MCC, are doing our best to keep the cost of higher education more affordable for everyone. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 6 students were awarded Associate in Applied Science in Energy Management degrees and 17 students were awarded EM certificates.

The Energy Management (EM) degree is designed to give students the skills and national certifications required to receive employment in the rapidly growing field of energy management and positions in the energy industry. The embedded certificates include: the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) Energy Industry Fundamental Cer tificate, the Building Performance Institute s Building Specialist certifi cate, The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Entry Level Solar certification, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design s Green Associate certification, and the Environmental Protection Agency s Article 608 certification. The program is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional and working students by having courses absent of pre-requisites. There are several embedded certificates that will give many exit points to employment. Graduates of the EM pro gram will be qualified to recommend improvements to commercial and residential buildings by analyzing subsystems that contribute to higher energy usage. Entry level positions include renewable energy sales, LEED consultant, alternative energy consultants, residential audits, etc. Graduates can also find employment in the growing fields of energy audit, energy consulting, and facilities management.

Hildebrant is also excited about the collaboration of Madisonville Community College and Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center to offer the Energy Management pathway as a dual credit option for high school students. Upon completion of the program, students will receive 12 hours of academic credit in MCC s Energy Management program and be able to sit for the CEWD Energy Industry Fundamentals certificate, a nationally recognized industry certification.

MCC s Associate in Applied Science degree in Energy Management is transferable to online Bachelor of Science programs at Western Kentucky University (Technology Management amp; Systems Management), Morehead State University (Technology Management), and Murray State University (Bachelor of Integrated Studies). Additional out-of-state transfer options may be available.

Got questions or want more information on how to get involved in the fast growing field of energy management? Call or email Jake Hildebrant, EM Program Coordinator, at (270) 883-1160 or jake.hildebrant@kctcs.edu.