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ERIC Number: ED181314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
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)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Conservation Education, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Energy Conservation, Feasibility Studies, Fuels, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Solar Radiation, Systems Approach, Task Analysis, Technical Education, Technical Occupations
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Navarro Coll., Corsicana, TX.