US energy and environmental technology curriculum development forums
Submitted by ATEEC
Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center
Defining Environmental & Energy Technology Forums
ATEEC is holding two national “Defining the Field” forums in December, 2007. We’ve recently been funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE #0702439) to incorporate a Sustainable Energy Resource Center under the umbrella of our existing Environmental Technology Resource Center. To move towards this goal, our first major activity will be to hold two national “Defining the Field” forums in Chicago--one for environmental technology (December 10 & 11, 2007) and one for energy technology (December 12 & 13, 2007). The forums will bring together educators, industry, and government representatives from across the country to help ATEEC analyze the role of technicians in these fields. We’ll be updating and revising existing documentation in these areas to create new documents that will:
Define the current field as it applies to technicians (two-year college degree or certificate level).
Develop a projection of future trends in the field.
Further definitize the field into occupational categories for technicians.
Outline underlying knowledge and skills that cut across all the occupational categories.
Identify technician-level occupational titles within each of those categories.
Results of the forums will be available for download at no charge on ATEEC’s Web site in February, 2008. As an NSF Resource Center, we’re tasked with helping to leverage the funding being spent across the country on environmental and energy education, by providing technician educators with opportunities to share resources and to avoid “reinventing the wheel.” In addition to our usual Resource Center services, this means we’ll be providing a centralized online location for sustainable energy education and training, including labor market assessment, curriculum, instructional materials, program improvement, professional development, and networking opportunities.