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Energy Sector Training Centers - Awarded Projects

As of June 4, 2010, the Comptroller awarded $4,778,865 in competitive federal stimulus grants to the following governmental entities. ARRA Total Project amounts are not final until contract execution

The funds awarded under this RFA will go to purchase equipment needed to train or educate workers in the fields of energy efficiency, transportation efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  The funds must be used for equipment in courses for credit or certification to train or educate workers in energy sector or green jobs.

Tarrant County College District

Award Amount: $497,070

Tarrant County College District will purchase equipment to train students its Welding Technology degree program.  Equipment will be purchased to replace out of date equipment as well as expand current training options. Participants will learn the fundamentals of construction and manufacturing trades including safety, forklift, blueprint reading, and measurements, industry terminology and tools, and welding.

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Texas State Technical College Harlingen

Award Amount: $468,876

Texas State Technical College Harlingen will duplicate the TSTC West Texas Wind Energy Technology Program by purchasing equipment to train students in all aspects of design, building and maintenance of Wind Turbines.

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Houston Community College System

Award Amount: $460,480

Houston Community College System will purchase equipment for the Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Technology Program. The equipment will purchase equipment for the green building science courses and interdisciplinary labs for instruction training in design and building: wind and solar systems. All courses are dual enrollment courses with local high schools in the Fort Bend, Houston and North Forest Independent School Districts.

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Amarillo College

Award Amount: $414,397

Amarillo College will purchase equipment for its Wind energy Technician program  The program is structured to offer students three educational choices: Basic wind Technician certificate, Advanced Wind Technician certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science Renewable Energy with a focus on Wind Energy.

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Ranger College

Award Amount: $410,182

Ranger College plans to offer a Wind Energy Technician Program in cooperation with Texas State Technical College West Texas.  The equipment purchased will assist in training students in all aspects of design, building and maintenance of wind turbines.

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Lone Star College System

Award Amount: $406,100

Lone Star College System will purchase equipment to train students to be alternative energy Electrical System Specialists able to work with renewable energy technologies. This equipment will be used to create the training modules that will be used each semester by students to design and build: wind turbine systems, fuel cell systems, and solar photovoltaic systems.

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Austin Community College District

Award Amount: $343,277

Austin Community College District will purchase equipment needed to train students in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  The courses will be for Solar Photovoltaic systems, solar Thermal Systems, Industrial Safety, Energy Efficient Structures and Assessments, and Wind Power Systems.

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Cedar Valley College

Award Amount: $334,250

Cedar Valley College will purchase equipment for its Green Job program.  Equipment for Weatherization, Retrofitting and Commercial Energy Audit Technician courses will be purchased.

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Clarendon College

Award Amount: $300,000

Clarendon College will purchase equipment for its Wind Energy Technology Training courses.  The courses will offer a Certificate of Completion and a Wind Energy Technology Associate of Applied Science degree.  The equipment purchased will include wind turbine, materials and electromechanical equipment and other power supplies and programmable logic controllers.

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Texas State Technical College West Texas

Award Amount: $273,850

Texas State Technical College West Texas will purchase equipment to expand its construction Management Technology program which includes Energy Auditing and Remediation and HVAC/R certifications.  Both of the programs will be taught in the Construction Management Technology program at the TSTC West Texas campus’ in Breckenridge and Sweetwater.

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Northeast Texas Community College

Award Amount: $200,485

Northeast Texas Community College will purchase equipment for the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology program and the new sustainable Agriculture Program.  The courses will focus on all types of alternative energy (i.e. wind, solar, fuel cell, etc.).  Both programs will instruct and train students in alternative power and fuel as well as maintain and service alternative fueled vehicles including hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and fuels cells as well as alternative fuel production, electric charging stations, pack and racks.

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McLennan Community College

Award Amount: $197,183

McLennan Community College will purchase equipment to provide training in the Environmental and Energy Engineering program.   Equipment to train students in environmental bio-solids and anaerobic digestion and bio-solids drying, and fuel generation for Bio Digester Plants will be purchased.

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Alamo Community College District

Award Amount: $142,304

Texas Southern University will retrofit 24,000 fixtures in 40 buildings by changing traditional lamps to energy efficient LED bulbs and tubes that do not require a ballast. The university will replace existing outdoor pedestrian fixtures with solar LED lighting to provide improved visibility, greater energy efficiency and safety. The project also will include energy efficient LED bulb upgrades to exterior lighting around the buildings and dormitories.

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North Central Texas College

Award Amount: $123,850

North Central Texas College will purchase equipment for its Residential Energy Services  program  The equipment purchased will train students in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanics, installation and energy audits.

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Odessa College

Award Amount: $79,066

Odessa College will purchase equipment needed to teach classes in Weatherization and Structural Improvements for Energy Efficiency.

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Texas State Technical College Waco

Award Amount: $70,800

Texas State Technical College Waco will purchase equipment for training students in the air conditioning program.  The equipment to be acquired will be upgraded commercial air conditioning equipment with new testing and balance components and upgraded HVAC electronics controls.

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Eastfield College

Award Amount: $56,695

Eastfield College will purchase equipment for its new Alternative-Sustainable Energy program.  The equipment purchased will assist in training students in heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration. All classes will be taught at the Eastfield main campus and will be a dual credit course offering to the Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, Mesquite ISD, Sunnyvale ISD and several other smaller school districts in the immediate area.

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