Environmental and Energy Center
Ellen Kabat Lensch
ATEEC Indirectly & Directly Impacts Students
ATEEC impacts students by empowering educators through its website, the primary tool for information and product dissemination for ATEEC and other ATE environmental and sustainable energy technology initiatives. More than 400 instructional materials, publications, and occupational/workforce analyses are available free of charge.
ATEEC directly engages students by introducing them to environmental and energy technology concepts through the Interactive Learning Lab and the Nahant Marsh Education Center, located on a 513-acre wetland along the Mississippi River. The lab provides students with hands-on activities in the biodiesel, energy efficiency, solar power, and wind energy fields. The center’s accelerated curriculum prepares students for outdoor recreation and natural resources management careers.
ATEEC Identifies & Examines Workforce Trends
One of ATEEC’s core functions is to define and analyze workforce trends in the environmental and energy fields in order to bridge the gap between academia and industry. ATEEC recently convened a panel of environmental technology experts to update its Defining Environmental Technology report. It also developed online versions of the Environmental Technology and the Water Management career charts with salary information, labor statistics, and links to relevant college program websites.
To help develop educational programs that align with business needs, ATEEC provides DACUM (Developing A CurriculUM) and Job Task Analysis workshops and services free of charge. ATEEC partnered with Palm Beach State College to define the smart grid technician occupation and link technical knowledge between traditional and new technologies.
ATEEC Provides Best Practices Resource
ATEEC recently produced the Best Practices Guide for Developing Educational Programs: Environmental and Energy Technology manual for academic institutions starting new programs or strengthening existing programs. While this publication is written with environmental and energy technology in mind, it is applicable to any academic program seeking to integrate industry needs.