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Alternative energy course on HCC's spring schedule

December 14, 2009

As part of its new Alternative Energy Technology Program, Hagerstown Community College's Technology and Computer Studies Division will offer a three-credit course this spring called Introduction to Alternative Energy.

The course will introduce students to the various types of alternative and renewable energy available in today's global market. Students will learn the basics about different types of energy, such as solar, wind, biofuel, solar thermal, geothermal, magnetism, pressure and mechanical energy.

The course will also incorporate hands-on labs, including a miniature wind-turbine operation, solar energy collection and hydrofuel vehicle operation.

Introduction to Alternative Energy will be offered Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5:15 p.m., beginning in the spring semester. Students may take either session.

HCC's Alternative Energy Technology Program is designed to prepare students for entry into the rapidly growing field of renewable solar, wind and geothermal energy technologies. HCC now offers various certificates in solar, wind and geothermal energy technology, as well as an AAS degree in alternative energy.

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For more information, contact Anthony Valente, HCC instructor, industrial and energy technology, at 301-790-2800, ext. 581, or by e-mail at arvalente@hagerstowncc.edu.

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