National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) member Seminole State College of Florida will expand its Sustainable Engineering Certificate program with a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The three-year grant, known as “EMERGE – Establishing a Means for Effective Renewable/Green Energy,” will allow Seminole State to:

  • Strengthen employability for graduates by embedding the certificate within programs in the School of Engineering, Design and Construction;
  • Develop six new courses and provide new certifications in the areas of engineering technology, solar, construction, environmental science and automotive technology;
  • Offer the courses and certifications to dual-enrolled students; and
  • Increase interest among non-science majors in sustainability and STEM areas.

“Seminole State is working to meet the growing demand for professionals with knowledge, skills and experience in sustainable and renewable energy,” said Jason Gaschel, interim associate dean of the Center for Engineering and Design. “Each year, more students are showing interest in programs that link engineering and environmental science. With the support of the National Science Foundation, we can help to increase enrollment in our program and also the employability of our students.”

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The Alternative Energy Demonstration Trailer is being constructed by a Seminole State College engineering class to transport a car which was transformed into an electric vehicle as part of a dual enrollment alternative project with Seminole State ’s School of Engineering, Design, and Construction and Lyman High School. Credit: Seminole State College.

Seminole State’s Sustainable Engineering Certificate Program, established in August 2013, aims to prepare students for such careers by exposing them to emerging technologies in engineering, design and construction. In the 18-credit-hour program, students explore sustainability, alternative energy and environmental policy through hands-on labs led by faculty with extensive experience.

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