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Study Alternative Energy on Maui This Summer

Wednesday, April 8, 2009   (0 Comments)
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April 6, 2009 (Kahului, HI)--Whether you’re preparing for a career in the emerging green workforce or just interested in becoming more energy efficient, University of Hawaii-Maui Community College (UH-Maui CC) is offering a special eight-week summer program focused on the principles of renewable energy. With ample wind, sun, and wave energy, Maui offers a rare environment to study this emerging field. Going far beyond the classroom, this short-term program offers hands-on training and field trips to some of Maui’s most innovative renewable energy projects.

UH-Maui CC’s short-term alternative energy program begins on June 8 and ends on August 1. The program consists of two three-credit courses and one two-credit internship.

Course work and descriptions include:

Energy 101: Introduction to Sustainable Technology- Introduces alternative methods for meeting long term energy needs, indentifies and explores local resources including demand-side management of conventional gas and electric power and sustainable energy resources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectricity, geothermal, ocean thermal energy conversion, and alternative transportation fuel options.
Energy 103: Energy Production System-Introduces theoretical concepts and practical applications of sustainable energy systems. Students will gain knowledge of photovoltaic solar electric systems, solar water heating, solar pool heating, wind, and small hydro, with emphasis on solutions for residential and commercial applications in Hawaii. Additional topics covered include starting and running a solar business, financing, sales, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Energy 193V: Internship in Sustainable Technology-Participate in some of the most innovative renewable energy projects on Maui. Possible hands-on projects include a trip to Kahoolawe to check on/service ongoing solar projects, a visit to the Humane Society to check on/service ongoing solar projects, and a trip to Molokai to check on/assist with wind projects
UH-Maui CC’s short-term renewable energy program can be taken as a summer learning experience or for applied credit toward an associates or bachelor’s degree program. Interested students should consult with an academic advisor regarding credit transfers. Students who successfully complete ENERGY 101 and ENERGY 103 are eligible to receive a Certificate of Competence in Energy Production from UH-Maui CC.

UH-Maui CC has student housing available at its privately run facility Kulanaa’o ( A special rate of only $1060 per bed, which includes all utilities and fees, has been arranged specifically for this eight-week program. Each apartment included four beds (two bedrooms), a living room and full kitchen. Units are furnished and bed lines, pots and pans, and other necessities are provided. Kulanaa’o is a new facility within walking distance to campus and the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center. It is also next to the bus stop providing easy and affordable access to all the beauty Maui has to offer.

Registration begins on April 13. Total resident tuition for the program is $1,720 or $215 per credit. Non-resident tuition is $1984 or $248 per credit. Total cost for both residents and non-residents including housing for the duration of the program is under $3500. Students who are interested in the program are asked to call 808-984-3549 for more details. Interviews with faculty and current students as well as tours of the campus can be arranged.

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