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Jenny Foust
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    Ecotech Institute’s Free Online Course, “Introduction to
      Sustainability”, Changes the Way Students Approach
            Student Feedback Demonstrates Appreciation and Value for the Course

Denver, Colorado, April 23, 2014 – Student feedback from Ecotech Institute’s free online
“Introduction to Sustainability” course proved the opportunity was valued by students
across the globe and changed the way they approached sustainability initiatives.

Kyle Crider, Ecotech Institute’s Program Chair and Manager of Environmental Operations, led
the free online course for a second time earlier this year. There was a diverse mix of
students, both men and women from all educational backgrounds and walks of life. Many
students applied what they learned in the course to their communities and have said they’ll
continue to expand on their education now that the course is complete. The course material
applies to general green energy jobs, including solar jobs, wind turbine jobs, and overall
careers in renewable energy.

“The first Intro to Sustainability course last year was such a wild success, we felt like we
had no choice but to bring it back,” Crider said. “I’m so happy that we did. The feedback we
received proves that the course truly changes students’ lives. By allowing people to learn
free of charge, we can help more people learn what sustainable living is all about.”

The Introduction to Sustainability course is a “massive online open course” (MOOC), offered
through the Canvas Network. MOOCs are a popular way for educational institutions to offer
free courses to the public. Based in Aurora, Colorado, Ecotech Institute is the only college
entirely focused on sustainability-related job training.

The MOOC course explores various definitions of sustainability used by governments,
businesses, and individuals to address environmental, societal, and economic problems
around the world. In addition, students learn ways to apply sustainable concepts to their
own lives. As part of the course, students have to complete a capstone project that involves
writing their own sustainability-focused mission statement, vision, and goals.
Some of the feedback includes:

   •   “Thank you, Kyle! It’s been a rewarding experience. So much so that I decided to
       apply for a formal course of study, MSc in Environmental Tech. I have an interview
       with the school in a couple of weeks!”

   •   “Thank you for such a wonderful class. By allowing people to learn free of charge,
       you have taught so many more. Just finding out about the Aral Sea in the first lesson
       has been the buzz of my village for weeks. Just thank you for implanting this
       knowledge. I so appreciate it.”

   •   “I wasn’t aware of how far solar energy has come. I’ve been a fan of it but didn’t
       realize the cost had dropped so much that it was actually viable.”

   •   “I never thought that one day I would be doing a course with people from different
       continents and countries. Technology really improved our standard of living, so there
       is no need to go overseas to study when you can study at home.”

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback, Ecotech Institute plans to offer future MOOC
courses. The school will provide updates on future courses through its Facebook page, which
users can “like” to access at For more
information on Ecotech Institute visit

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 and is accredited by the
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. Launched in April 2010 in Denver,
Colorado, it offers eight highly practical green energy degree programs that provide
graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers. Classes
start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available
to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America.
For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-


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