Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency

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  • Gainful employment
Designed to be completed in one year at full-time (14 credits per semester), this certificate is a great option for students who already have a college degree. It’s also popular with those already employed in the construction sector, who may not need to complete an associate degree but still wish to acquire knowledge and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and “green” technology, as well as a broader understanding of the scientific, economic and political context of the industry. A perfect opportunity to explore career options in green energy! Students in the certificate program can move into the associate degree track at any time.
Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses
FallSpring
SCI 126
SCI 136
BUS 111
SCI 112
SCI 121
SCI 127
SCI 120
SCI 130
SCI 135
SCI 221
Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
SCI 126
SCI 136
SCI 112
SCI 127
SCI 120
SCI 121
BUS 111
SCI 221
SCI 130
SCI 135

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Take appropriate industry exams based on your course work. Find employment in the renewable energy/energy efficiency field e.g., green building, energy auditing and/or solar. Continue academic studies in a degree program.

Gainful employment disclosure

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” At GCC this includes our career-ready certificate programs. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; on time completion rate; and for programs with a minimum number of graduates in the most recent academic year: the number of students who completed the program, the number of students who complete the program on time, and the median federal and private loan debt incurred by graduates.

View gainful employment data for the Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency program