Study: Clean Energy Vocational Training Programs Have Better ROI than Traditional Degrees

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 13:49
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The Need for Vocational Education

The return on investment for educational paths, also called the return on education, is higher for vocational training than for more “traditional” educational pursuits. As the leading vocational training provider in the renewable energy industry, we put together a white paper comparing the earnings premium for skills-based education programs to programs that culminate with associate’s and bachelor’s degrees.

The ROI of alternative educational paths is measured with respect to the earnings premium, calculated by using the average earnings of high school diploma holders as the baseline, and the increased earnings for post-secondary education paths as the premium. Graduates of CleanEdison’s vocational training programs were shown to have a 600% ROI, far higher than the ROI for all other post-secondary credentials.

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Employment Opportunity – Account Manager

Monday, June 9, 2014 12:19
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photo1Want to be at the forefront of clean-tech energy education? Are you looking to join an established startup?

Great! We are looking for Account Managers to work with corporations, universities, utilities, publishers, and other educators in order to promote sustainability for our world’s future. We operate as a startup, adopting lean methodologies, where you will make a tremendous impact by supporting our sales team and growing our business.

You will be collaborating with a highly-motivated network of grant writers, marketing specialists, and operations coordinators. It is definitely an innovative, fast-paced and exciting place to be! Read the rest of this entry »

2 Degrees Celsius – A Keystone Pipeline Op-Ed

Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:54
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Pipes_for_keystone_pipeline_in_2009While scientists recognized the fear of climate change long ago, much of the populace refuses to make out the warning signs clearly presented. With land and ocean temperatures rising, surface temperatures drastically rising, and an increase in atmospheric C02, the consequences of global warming are becoming unstoppable. In his first inaugural speech, President Obama stated he would, “roll back the specter of a warming planet.” As the President’s first year ended, little change was made; he supported an expansion in oil and gas drilling while investing in developing “clean coal.”

At the start of the second Obama term, the President vowed to respond to the threat of climate change. Our country is about to face this year’s most delicate environment situation: the Keystone XL pipeline. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 17:14
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The Best Investment You'll Ever MakeBusiness owners, investors and entrepreneurs will parrot the saying until the end of time: “You have to spend money to make money.” Counterintuitive, perhaps, when it first hits the ears, but it is one of the few steadfast truisms of commerce, when done right. Businesses aren’t the only beneficiaries of this stream of logic. Individuals have countless options to strategically allocate their spending to see impressive returns. And no, I’m not talking about stock options.

I’m talking about you, yourself, and your skills. You are, after all, your most valuable asset. Invest correctly in yourself and you’ll experience the most sustainable, risk-free gain of any expense you’ve ever incurred. Read the rest of this entry »

White Paper: The Value of Vocational Education

Friday, March 28, 2014 13:07
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ROI of vocational educationVocational training programs have a superior return on investment when compared with all other educational paths, and are in high demand for today’s workforce. Despite these facts, government funding for education is disproportionately allotted to degrees and credentials that are not as pertinent to the modern employment landscape. Current allocations of federal expenditures toward education are incompatible with the needs of the labor force, and the effects of this misallocation could prove detrimental to the American economy.

An examination of student outcomes for CleanEdison’s vocational training programs illustrates the value of middle-skills education, particularly with regard to the clean energy industries. The credentials that result from these short-form education programs are well-rewarded in industries that are seeing major growth, such as manufacturing and renewable energy.

As the employment needs of the American economy evolves, so should the educational programs that are preparing learners for the jobs that need them. Read the rest of this entry »

Lean Six Sigma Simplified

Monday, March 24, 2014 16:42
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Lean Six Sigma certificationDeveloped in manufacturing environments in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Lean and Six Sigma are improvement processes focused on quality and waste elimination. Combined into a synergistic system of procedural control called Lean Six Sigma, the methods in these programs are applicable to industrial, manufacturing, transactional and customer service processes. As a flexible methodology for eliminating inefficiencies and harnessing superior practices, Lean Six Sigma has proven to create value in a variety of industries. Read the rest of this entry »

Becoming a certified Professional Engineer

Thursday, March 13, 2014 14:00
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If you’re reading this, you should already have taken your FE exam, obtained your FE certification and piled up enough years of professional experience. Those of you who did not fulfill these criteria yet might still wonder what does becoming a PE mean, how to become PE certified and ultimately how will this boost your career? But first, what is a Professional Engineer? Being PE certified means that you are licensed to practice engineering in a particular state after meeting all the requirements of the law, as simple as that. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting your FE exam

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 15:39
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Before going further, it is important to know what exactly is the Fundamentals of Engineering or FE exam. The FE exam is the second of four steps that will allow you to become a Professional Engineer (PE).  Professionals that wish to become PE must earn a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, pass their FE exam, gain four years of work experience and finally pass their PE exam. FE and PE exams are administered by the NCEES, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. The FE is a computer based exam and contains 110 multiple-choice questions and is 6 hours long, including break. Read the rest of this entry »

Expert Series: Avoiding Shade in Solar PV Installs

Monday, March 3, 2014 12:30
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Another Expert Series video from CleanEdison. Solar expert Michael Cafiero gives a detailed example of how a little shade can do a lot of damage to the output of your solar PV system installation.

Are solar thermal power farms still relevant?

Monday, February 24, 2014 14:00
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392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy provider, but with the decrease of governmental incentives and the collapse of some rival technologies’ prices, are giant solar plants still a viable option? Read the rest of this entry »