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ABOUT US

Kaplan Clean Tech Education works to advance environmentally sustainable practices in the United States by providing career-focused education in the growing sectors of clean technology. Offering hundreds of hours of online and in-classroom proprietary content taught by faculty with real-world experience, our courses aim to provide professionals with the knowledge to begin or continue in careers focused on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Agile and responsive to these fast-evolving fields, Kaplan Clean Tech Education also provides customized programs to suit an organization’s needs. Whether onsite or through our online portal, we work within clients’ budgets to set specific goals and implement an education strategy that achieves results. Kaplan Clean Tech Education also assists with government and non-governmental organization (NGO) incentive programs, grants and other financing options to find the most cost-effective solutions for staff training and education.

Browse our course list for information on how you can advance your skills in energy efficiency, green building and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices, lead renovation, repair and painting (RRP) certification, solar energy or hybrid vehicle repair. If you are interested in group training, check out the variety of solutions we have offered and let us tailor a program to meet your organization’s needs.

Kaplan Clean Tech Education, offered via Kaplan College, El Paso, is accredited in California, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas and Virginia by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. ACICS is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Meet the Team

Avi Yashchin

Avi YashchinAvi Yashchin is an outspoken advocate for clean technology, building science, and renewable energy, and constantly applies his expertise in finance to sustainability projects at Kaplan Clean Tech. Prior to founding Kaplan Clean Tech, Avi spent seven years in finance where he served as Vice President in the Global Credit Products group and also traded for the bank's bank loan financing portfolio in the Energy, MLP, and Financials sectors.

Avi holds a BS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is active in New York philanthropy and started the New York Philanthropy Group, which helps bring underprivileged South American business students to New York to jumpstart their career. He is an avid triathlete and frequently competes in races.

 

Comly Wilson

Comly WilsonComly Wilson is responsible for Kaplan Clean Tech’s online marketing initiatives, website, blog, and press relations. Prior to joining Kaplan Clean Tech, Comly helped develop curriculum to teach contractors how to implement sustainable practices into their work and understand the theory behind sustainability. He graduated from the American University with a B.A. in Energy and Environmental Politics.

 

 

Will Helfricht

Will headshot smallWilliam Helfricht has been with the company since 2011 and has worked on all facets of the company's growth model. He started in open enrollment sales and has moved onto working with corporate accounts and successfully winning long term grant contracts in multiple states. After graduating from the NY based Hofstra University with a BA Marketing & Psychology, he has used his solid sales experience in the medical and finance industries to transition to being an integral part of Kaplan Clean Tech.

 

 

Mike Garraffa

Garraffa casual smallMike is responsible for developing Kaplan Clean Tech’s partnerships in the West Coast region. His partnerships include corporations, municipalities, and collegiate institutions. Prior to joining Kaplan Clean Tech, Mike worked in Marketing and Promotions at Sony BMG.

 

 

 

 

Brandon Abasolo

screw dance 2012 1Brandon Abasolo joined Kaplan Clean Tech as an intern in the fall of 2013 and is now responsible for managing Kaplan Clean Tech’s grant applications and programs. As an undergraduate, he was involved with projects related to sustainability and hydrologic and geomorphic processes. Brandon graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Environmental Science. He is an avid runner and occasionally competes in track and road races.

 

 

Martin Jutres

MJ PIC minMartin Jutres is an Account Manager at Kaplan Clean Tech and manages education programs in the Central Region of the United States. Martin graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A in Environmental Economics and Entrepreneurial Studies. During his undergrad, Martin developed and oversaw numerous large scale projects surrounding sustainability and renewable energy. Away from the office, he is an avid woodworker, welder and blacksmith.

 

 

Max Levitzke

Max LevitzkeMax Levitzke is the Operations Coordinator at Kaplan Clean Tech at Kaplan Clean Tech and manages the strategy and logistics of solar and energy auditing courses across the country. Max graduated in 2013 with degrees in Environmental Science and Business from the University of Missouri. During his undergraduate studies, he was involved in renewable energy and electric vehicle projects with the goal of spreading environmental awareness throughout the campus. In his free time, Max is a music lover, hockey player and food taster.