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Geothermal workshops and training available

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HARRISON — Mid Michigan Community College will host its second intensive three-day geothermal training workshop Sept. 12-14. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students who register and pay the $50 nonrefundable fee. Though the workshops are valued at more than $1,000, their costs have been offset through a USDA grant.

On May 23-25, MMCC hosted its first geothermal training workshop with 18 individuals participating. The session trained participants in ground-source heat pumps, their functions, efficiencies, and installation processes. The workshop culminated in attendees taking the certification test through IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association). The second session offers a similar curriculum.

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“We’re pleased to be able to offer this training opportunity, especially to those already in business who are looking to increase their knowledge and to expand their business into this new alternative energy,” said Scott Govitz, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development.

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MMCC’s HRA (Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning) program has recently undergone a number of upgrades to both its facilities and its program offerings. Two new geothermal systems were installed in 2011. And, beginning in January 2013, the college will offer a new add-on certificate in geothermal; it will be the first community college in the country to offer this sort of training.

For more information about the September IGSHPA Training Workshop, click here or call 989-386-6614. To find out more about MMCC’s HRA program, contact 989-386-6614.

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