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					Ecotech’s “Women in Renewable Energy” Club Mirrors Dept of Labor
              Push to Get Women into Green Jobs
   “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career” Offers Insights for
                               Exploring a Green Career Path

Denver, CO, March 06, 2012 - Historically men have dominated green jobs, yet a new report is
trying to shift the tides. The report recently released by the Department of Labor, “Why Green Is
Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career,” highlights the fact that green jobs
tend to be dominated by men, yet opportunities abound for women as well. It has been noticed as
well by Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s
workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. In fact, the school held its first
“Women in Renewable Energy” (WIRE) meeting on February 16 to bring together women at the
campus to share ideas, help each other with classwork and empower one another as they embark
on a green career.

Ecotech is seeing increasingly more women interested in the green revolution and it is a trend
the Labor Department wants to see continue. The Labor Department states that according to The
National Center for O*NET Development, several green occupations are “Bright Outlook”
occupations, meaning they are expected to grow rapidly from 2008 – 2018, with a combined
increase of 100,000 or more job openings. Some jobs designated as “Bright Outlook” are wind
turbine service technicians, solar photovoltaic installers and recycling coordinators.

The impetus for the report was in support of Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’s vision of “Good
Jobs for Everyone.” The downloadable green jobs guide is designed to help women learn about
the opportunities available in the renewable energy space, which they may not have previously
considered. According to the report synopsis, “The guide was created to help women at all stages
of their careers — whether they are newly entering the workforce, transitioning to new careers, or
returning to the workforce — identify and take advantage of opportunities in the clean energy
economy.”

“We are focused on making Ecotech a welcoming environment for women because we know they
have a lot to offer in current and emerging green careers,” said Susan Pawlak, Ecotech’s Director
of Career Services. “Our Women in Renewable Energy Club is just one way that Ecotech
encourages women to make a mark in wind, solar, renewable energy and other industries
alongside their male colleagues.”

The club held elections on February 23 and the new leaders are tasked with growing the club’s
membership and educating more women about careers in sustainability. Tiffany Burton, an
Electrical Engineering Technology instructor, is the academic advisor; Suzanne Colton, Senior
Recruiter for NextEra Energy Resources is the industry advisor; and Susan Pawlak, Ecotech’s
Director of Career Services, is a general advisor.
Ecotech’s curriculum is built to address both job-specific technical training and soft skills (e.g.
communication, work ethic and teamwork), which employers demand, through comprehensive
coursework and state-of-the-art labs. The Labor Department report parallels Ecotech’s vision for
job training and is chock-full of applicable information that defines what a green career really is,
explains why there is a growing need for trained professionals, and outlines what training is
necessary.

“We have dynamic, driven women in both leadership and student roles at Ecotech and they send
an important message of encouragement that females have a promising future in renewable
careers,” said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute.

To read the full “Why Green Is Your Color: A Woman's Guide to a Sustainable Career” report click
here: http://www.dol.gov/wb/Green_Jobs_Guide/GreenJobs%20Ch%201.pdf.

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.

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 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 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
golfacademy.edu.

Contact:
Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303.433.7020
ahassinger@csg-pr.com or jfoust@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com

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