Students 'electrified' through green technologies program
Thanks to a pilot program between Tech Valley High School®, Questar III and Capital Region BOCES, a pair of TVHS seniors have an electrifying attitude when it comes to renawable energy sources.
TVHS students Stefan Pedersen, of Averill Park, and Alex Cooper, from Wynantskill, are taking this school year the Green Technologies and Renewable Energy Program at Questar III. Both students attend TVHS in the morning and Green Technologies in the afternoon.
Through the program, students are prepared for emerging careers that can literally make a world of difference. Students learn about solar and photovoltaic energy, wind technology, energy saving solutions and efficiency, as well as renewable energy.
The students complete a DC electricity course and are eligible to receive five college credits through Hudson Valley Community College. The program includes work-based learning, a senior project, and networking with local businesses and research facilities.
Pedersen said the course is preparing him for a career in solar energy.
"At GTRE, I'm learning basic skills that deal with the fundamentals of electricity, energy, heating and cooling, energy generation and other scientific principals. This program has helped me to apply the concepts I've learned into energy conservation and sustainability," said Pedersen. "I'm planning on becoming a solar panel installer. The Green Tech program is important because its helping me to developed the necessary skills for my anticipated occupation."
Pedersen added that TVHS has provided him with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in any career.
Meanwhile, for Cooper, attending the program has allowed him to broaden his knowledge of the sciences.
"By attending both programs, I can meld information from both classes into each other. I learn chemistry concepts across both my Green Technologies class and my TVHS Chemistry class, along with physics and other science concepts in Green Tech, and all my other core classes at TVHS," he said.
That is exactly the concept behind the program, Liebert said.
“The idea is to expand opportunities for seniors who have already completed the necessary TVHS coursework and to provide them an opportunity to further explore careers of their choice,” said Principal Dan Liebert.
Besides the Green Technhologies program, TVHS seniors are taking part in the IT Academy at Questar, as well as the aviation program and the Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) Program.
Shown above are from left to right, Alex Cooper and Stefan Pedersen.