Alternative Energy Curriculum gets $44,000

Feb 17, 2005

NextEnergy awards total of $290,000 to promote alternative energy in Michigan.

Kettering University was among the Phase Two recipients this week when NextEnergy of Detroit handed out $290,000 to encourage alternative energy courses and programs. Kettering received $44,000 from NextEnergy. The board of directors of NextEnergy and CEO James A. Croce announced the education grant awards Feb. 16 for four Michigan universities and two community colleges.

Other Phase Two award recipients are:
Henry Ford Community College - $50,000
Lansing Community College - $46,000
Lawrence Technological University - $50,000
Oakland University - $50,000
Wayne State University - $50,000

NextEnergy's commitment to building the future workforce in the alternative energy sector has led to partnerships with several Michigan institutions of higher education for the development and implementation of associate, undergraduate and graduate level degree programs well as providing continuing education to incumbent workers.

In 2003, NextEnergy awarded Phase One grants totaling $750,000 to Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University, Kettering University and Lansing Community College to develop basic and advanced alternative energy curriculums. Under Phase One, approximately 50 courses were designed creating programs at the associate, undergraduate and graduate levels as well as developing continuing education courses for incumbent workers. To date, nearly 30 of those courses have been piloted and more than 1,500 students have responded by enrolling in those courses.

NextEnergy plans to continue its partnerships with Michigan businesses and educational institutions to create programs that will meet the needs of an emerging alternative energy economy. Programs targeted at K-12 apprenticeships and teacher education is currently under development by NextEnergy.

"As the alternative energyindustry grows NextEnergy realizes the importance of educating tomorrow's leaders in engineering, research and technical support," states Croce. "Prospective employers need to see that Michigan is producing talent with the skills to meet their needs in these areas."

NextEnergy is a non-profit corporation founded to advance Michigan as a leader in alternative energy research, design, manufacturing, and commercialization for stationary, portable power, and automotive use.

The state-of-the-art NextEnergy Center, scheduled to open in spring 2005, will be the Michigan headquarters of NextEnergy with 45,000 sq. ft. dedicated to research and development, demonstration, and public education. Through its Microgrid Power Pavilion, the Center will include a working laboratory for advancing fuel cells and other distributed power generation technologies. NextEnergy is constructing alternative fuel infrastructure to support Michigan businesses in the development of hydrogen and bio-fueled vehicles and power generation systems.

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