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					 Ecotech Institute’s Student Population Grows Nearly 400 Percent in
                              One Year
With jobs in renewable energy and sustainability on the rise, students from across the country
                      are coming to Ecotech to gain hands-on training

Denver, CO, January 25, 2012 - Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on
preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, announced
today that its January quarter kicked off with 100 new students, the largest start to date. With
total current enrollment at 473 students, Ecotech witnessed a student population increase of
almost 400 percent in just one year.

Ecotech Institute started classes in a temporary facility in June 2010 as it completed an overhaul
of an existing vacant building. In January 2011, Ecotech’s 119 students began attending school in
its LEED gold-certified campus in Aurora, Colorado. Since then, the facility’s offerings, faculty
and student enrollment have continually experienced growth and improvement.

This June, the first graduating class of 39 students is expected to receive their degrees and in
December 2012, another 50 students are expected to graduate. Of these students, the most
popular degrees include Wind Energy Technology, Renewable Energy Technology and Electrical
Engineering Technology.

“We knew we had something special when Ecotech opened its doors, and it’s inspiring to see
increasingly more students come from across the country to pursue a degree that can truly make
a difference in the world,” said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. “With our first group
of graduates in June, we can’t wait to see where they go and to hear their stories of success. This
is definitely going to be a big year for us.”

Today, 90 percent of Ecotech’s students are men and 77 percent of the students are from
Colorado. However, every day more and more students are moving from other states to pursue a
degree at Ecotech, with students from 37 states and Puerto Rico currently represented. The top
states from which Ecotech students have relocated include California, New Jersey, Wyoming,
Illinois and Texas.

With the growth in students comes a growth in faculty as well. When Ecotech first opened, the
school had one program director and two instructors. Ecotech now has three program directors
and 24 instructors who teach in 11 hands-on learning labs. Ecotech’s holistic teaching approach
gives students a chance to learn first-hand about the technology they will use in the field of their
future career. At Ecotech, students also learn soft skills (communication, workplace etiquette),
math and science basics and technology skills.

Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and
Schools, offers seven highly practical degree programs and one certificate program that provide
graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers.
To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit us online at www.ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-
326-5576. The next round of classes begins in April and applications are being accepted now.
Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for
careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the
college offers seven associate’s degrees and a certificate program designed by experts in the
industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a
division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit
www.ecotechinstitute.com.

Contact:
Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
CSG|PR
303.433.7020
ahassinger@csg-pr.com or jfoust@csg-pr.com

About Education Corporation of America
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with
current enrollment of almost 20,000 students. The ECA website is www.ecacolleges.com. In
addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private
institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s
degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior
Design, Computer Design, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in eighteen different
cities. Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery,
Alabama; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah, Georgia;
Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Greenville, South
Carolina; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia;
Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College website is www.vc.edu. Virginia College
also offers classes worldwide via the Internet, with student services and admissions facilities in
Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida, and a Military Student Center also in Tampa.
Information about online classes at Virginia College is available at www.vconline.edu. Additionally,
ECA operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, with locations in Birmingham and
Mobile, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida. The website
is www.culinard.com. ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix,
Arizona; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Golf Academy website is www.golfacademy.edu.

Contact:
Alicia Hassinger
CSG|PR
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-433-7020
ahassinger@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com

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