MnSCU’s Anderson Celebrates Mentors and Career & Technical Education

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is one of many state and national leaders to recognize February 2016 as Career and Technical Education Month. The acknowledgement of secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs by the governor, the U.S. Senate and others serves as a reminder of the important work our educators do everyday to help students succeed in their college and career goals.

Ron_Anderson_FinalWith that in mind, Minnesota CTE took the opportunity to ask Ron Anderson, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), to reflect on CTE’s contributions to the state. Anderson speaks about the success of MnSCU’s CTE students, remembers his mentors, and talks about the role CTE plays in our states education and economic systems.

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Free Training Now Available for Residential Solar Inspectors

by Caleb Werth

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. This information is also appropriate for solar installers, architects, and students interested in this field.


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Interested in a clean energy career? What training is available in Minnesota?

by Shirley Fenlason

As Teri mentioned in an earlier post, renewable energy growth is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). I read The Pew Charitable Trusts' recently-released report on "The Clean Energy Economy" and found some encouraging job-related information. It found that from 1997 to 2007, the clean energy job national growth rate was 9.1%, compared to a total job growth rate of 3.7%. According to Pew, "the clean energy economy is poised for explosive growth." Clean energy refers to energy from sources that are environmentally friendly, like wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal.

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