The $1 million renovation moved the HRA program into the Harrison campus’ Technical Center and added two geothermal fields and a solar array for student study.
The open house brought in a number of community members who toured the nearly 5,500 square feet of renovated space. Tours also included a look at the program’s new solar array, which is used as a training tool for students and partially provides heat for the Technical Center’s domestic hot water system.
Of primary interest to visitors were the program’s new geothermal fields. MMCC’s HRA students will be able to get firsthand experience working on these systems, evaluating their functionality, and understanding the details of their efficiency and installation.
“There’s been so much interest in our HRA program because of the growth and opportunity that the green energy industry offers,” Scott Govitz, MMCC’s Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development, said. “It’s clear that people have a real interest in being on the forefront of these emergent technologies, so we’re really proud that MMCC is a trailblazer in terms of making this training publically available.”
MMCC will offer a certification in geothermal installation beginning in the fall of 2012. It is the first community college in the nation to do so.
Prior to fall 2012, individuals can register for and participate in a 3-day workshop on geothermal installation. In conjunction with IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association), MMCC will offer this intensive accreditation workshop from May 23-25 at 8:30-4:30 daily. The cost is only $50, and the workshop is open to the public.