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ERIC Number: ED181314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
A Manpower Development Model for an Emerging Technology: A Systems Approach to Curriculum Development for Solar Technician Training.
Green, C. Paul; Orsak, Charles G.
Undertaking of a systems approach to curriculum development for solar training led to (1) a feasibility study to determine the role of the community college in solar energy technology, (2) a market analysis to determine the manpower need, and (3) a task analysis for development of a curriculum for training solar energy technicians at Navarro College. The feasibility study showed a need in industry for solar energy technicians and recommended a market survey and task analysis. Conclusions of the market study analysis were that there are two classes of solar workers (technician and installer/mechanic) and that the manpower forecast is a direct function of the demand for solar equipment. Diversification at the college has taken the form of a solar energy demonstration; implementation of a one-year certificate program to train solar energy installer/mechanics; three energy conservation projects--development of educational modules for energy conservation in buildings design and development of a curriculum in energy conservation for secondary and postsecondary vocational students, and pilot testing of the curriculum; a geothermal well demonstration; exploration of wind energy; and production and use of alcohol fuels. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Navarro Coll., Corsicana, TX.