April 17, 2019 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College awarded energy program course scholarships to 10 high school students from across Connecticut during the CT Science & Engineering Fair’s 71st Awards Ceremony on March 16 at Quinnipiac University.

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is a yearly statewide science and engineering fair open to all 7th through 12th grade students residing or enrolled in Connecticut schools. The program aims to attract young learners to careers in science and engineering while developing skills essential to critical thinking. Through science fair participation, students are encouraged to pursue independent work using proper research methods.

Eric Gribin, Tunxis director of Energy Management programs, is shown with a few of the high school students who received Tunxis scholarships.

Tunxis director of Energy Management programs Eric Gribin was one of several judges for the fair, which drew students from 120 schools from across the state who presented their projects while competing for cash, scholarships, and qualification for spots at national science and engineering fairs.

The 10 students awarded Tunxis scholarships presented projects focused on clean energy technologies, and represented high schools from Bridgeport, Hamden, Milford, New London, Trumbull, Suffield, and Storrs. The projects included studies of home insulation, roof-mounted wind turbines, solar power, cleaning solar panels, the efficiency of wind turbine blade shapes and flood remediation in whole house dehumidification systems. 

Tunxis Community College’s Energy Management program was introduced in 2016 to help the state meet the demand for skilled energy analysts and technicians. An associate degree and four stackable certificates provide skills in measuring, analyzing and reducing commercial and residential building energy use. These same courses can help companies comply with standards to reduce energy use. 

Students receive hands-on experience in “living laboratories” at Tunxis, where they perform energy analysis on Tunxis campus building systems. They also complete internships with partner energy companies and receive job placement assistance upon graduating.

For more information, contact Eric Gribin, director of the Energy Management program at Tunxis, at 860.773.1318 or [email protected]. Or visit tunxis.edu/energy.

Funding for the Tunxis energy management program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, State Energy Program administered by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Tunxis Community College in Farmington offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates, including 20 with science, engineering, technology and advanced manufacturing emphases. Tunxis is also a recipient of a $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant that established the College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, an NSF Center of Excellence. For more information on programs at Tunxis, call 860.773.1490, or visit tunxis.edu.