Clean Energy


    Early College High School
    The mission of the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is to develop and support pathways to higher education that lead to careers in STEM fields for students through rigorous academic programming and a collaborative approach to learning.  A network of K-12, higher education, business and industry partners has been developed to provide students with the highest level of education and support for entering and succeeding in the clean energy fields.  

    The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School is an  innovative program that provides high school students with transdisciplinary learning and 21st Century skill sets necessary to make informed decisions as they relate to college and career readiness.  Students have the advantage of being in a fully connected and collaborative learning environment.  Students work at their own pace and leverage 1:1 technology to access individualized academic support, master program expectations, and develop college and career readiness. With support from regional economic leaders, including the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and local Chambers of Commerce, the program connects with hundreds of businesses throughout the region that serve as assets for students and represents a robust fusion of education, business and industry collaborating to train students to become innovators and leaders for the jobs of tomorrow.

    Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.  Students in the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program take both high school and college level coursework on a college campus at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART campus located in Malta, NY. 

    What is Clean Energy?
    The degree program combines renewable energy and business courses to meet industry demands for employees with a blend of technical skills and business management abilities.
    In addition to basic electrical theory and exploration of photovoltaic, geothermal, wind and fuel cell energies, the program focuses on the essential principles of finance, marketing and business development. You'll also get technical training in PV installation, troubleshooting and maintenance.

    Early College High School Clean Energy College Course Work
    College Algebra with Trig or MATH 170 College PreCalculus
    Electrical Power Distribution & Control
    Electrical Theory for Renewable Energy
    English Composition I
    Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
    Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Maintenance
    Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design
    Principles of Marketing
    Wind Energy
    *College coursework is subject to change based on HVCC & enrollment decisions.

    Early College High School Business Connections
    Through our business partners, including TRC, the Building Performance Institute (PBI) and Magnolia Solar, students are provided extensive opportunities to interact with business and industry partners. Guest speakers, telepresence systems, and online collaboration tools are used to connect students with industry experts.  In addition, students participate in on-site field experiences guided by mentors who are employed by the business partners.

    Forecast for Growth in Clean Energy
    The Capital Region is emerging as a national leader in green technology and clean energy, with a cluster of companies and institutions employing a rapidly rising number of workers.  In fact, no metropolitan area in the country has a greater percentage of workers employed by the so-called green economy, according to a new report by The Brookings Institution, which found that 6.8 percent of Capital Region jobs are devoted to producing environmental benefits.  The Washington think tank calls the Albany area "a surprise leader in the green economy." – Times Union July 13, 2011

    "In 2012, more than 90,000 photovoltaic installations were installed in the U.S. with a total capacity of 3.3 GW. This represents a 75 percent increase over installations completed in 2011," according to Larry Sherwood, IREC vice president & COO and author of IREC's Solar Market and Installation Trends Report 2013.

    Career Fields in Clean Energy
    Energy Auditors
    Wind Energy Engineers
    Photovoltaic Installers
    Bioenergy Researchers
    Chief Sustainability Officers
    Construction Managers

    Post-Graduation High Education Opportunities
    Hudson Valley Community College Photvoltaic Certification
    Hudson Valley Community College – Associates in Electrical Construction and Maintenance
    SUNY Canton – Bachelor of Technology in Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems
    Oregon Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Science - Renewable Energy Engineering