The application process is now open for Florida Keys Community College’s latest degree addition, an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Engineering Technology: Renewable Energy Technician.  The two-year degree provides a broad, versatile foundation in engineering, plus specialized career training for fast-growing, high paying careers in solar, wind, and hydropower technologies.  Students will benefit from real-world practice in professional internships at partnering organizations that are located as nearby as Stock Island and as far away as Australia.

New students are required to submit their application no later than August 3 in order to begin classes this fall semester, which begins August 18. Scholarships and payment plans are available.  For more information, visit www.fkcc.edu/engineeringtechnology or contact FKCC’s Office of Recruitment at 305-809-3207 or recruiter@fkcc.edu.

FKCC’s AS in Engineering Technology program was developed with assistance from a grant for $894,321 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The NSF awarded the grant to the College to utilize the Keys’ natural resources—specifically sun, water, and wind—to generate and study green energy as well as train workers for new, cutting-edge technology jobs.

“It’s exciting that FKCC will be at the forefront of training the Twenty-First Century workforce for lucrative and nationally in-demand renewable energy jobs,” said Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC’s Department Chair for the Engineering and Technology program Chief Science and Research Officer.

“Additionally, research conducted by FKCC students and our industry partners will contribute to future development of energy production.  The Florida Keys can become a demonstration to the world on how to live sustainably with the environment.”