Savannah Tech Introduces New Sustainable Technology Programs for Fall 2012

#1305 | August 3, 2012

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College offers new Sustainable Technology programs for the Fall 2012 semester. These are the first programs of their kind in the state of Georgia, introducing students to various topics including energy efficiency, energy measures and management, sustainable energy production, green-building construction, and historic preservation.

     The College developed these programs in response to career growth trends for residential weatherization, energy auditors with EPA licensure, alternative energy sources – solar thermal and wind power, as well as the specialized electrician certification required for photovoltaic installations.

     “The future of industry demands environmentally sustainable technologies,” said STC Dean of Industrial Technology Tal Loos. “Savannah Technical College has taken the lead in developing programs that provide students the training they need to be at the forefront of these rapidly growing career pathways.”

     The Sustainable Technology programs offer students the opportunity to have hands-on experience with both energy and construction before going into their area of specialization. The electrical specialization allows students to receive training in residential wiring, solar thermal systems, wind energy and photovoltaic systems. A structural specialization pathway covers energy efficient measures and systems, green building construction technologies and historic preservation/restoration history.

     Through Residential Weatherization and HVAC Specialist programs for an associate degree and professional diploma, students learn the various areas of a home energy audit. Graduates will have received training in refrigeration and heating, solar hot water heater installation and overall construction best practices.

     Savannah Technical College is establishing itself as a leader in sustainability among Georgia’s Technical Colleges, offering the first solar energy installation and repair program, as well as the only hands-on historic preservation program in the state.

     The College’s Construction Management associate degree qualifies students for general contracting licensure one year earlier with the Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. STC is the first technical college to receive approval for two years of education and one year of work experience for program graduates. According to the licensing board, those wanting to sit for state licensure require four years of on-the-job training with a licensed contractor prior to being approved to take the exam. The Board’s approval of the associate degree program allows students to apply for a license after STC program completion and one year of supervised experience.


For More Information Contact:
Amy Shaffer, APR

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (