October 30, 2020 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have announced a renewable scholarship to help full-time students earn energy management credentials tuition-free. Up to 20 awards will be distributed each semester.

Tunxis students can earn a Technology Studies: Energy Management degree or certificate and prepare for entry-level energy management positions throughout the state. The degree offers seamless transfer to the Connecticut state universities, where students can continue with a bachelor’s degree in a variety of technology studies programs. Seats are limited for the spring term.

“We are proud to partner with the Department of Energy and provide this opportunity for our current and new students interested in pursuing a career in energy,” said Tunxis Campus CEO Dr. Darryl Reome. “This new scholarship program is one of many ways we are working to address our students’ interests, and CT’s needs for a skilled workforce in this high-demand area.”

Tunxis Community College’s Energy Management program was developed to help the state meet the demand for skilled energy analysts and other positions in the energy sector. The associate degree and certificate provide skills in measuring, analyzing and reducing commercial and industrial building energy use. Students receive hands-on experience in “living laboratories” at Tunxis, where they perform energy analysis on Tunxis campus building systems.

“Every building uses energy, but few buildings have staff trained to optimize it,” said Matt Gibbs, managing director, Evergreen Consulting Group and a former director for Eversource. “Programs like the energy management degree offered by Tunxis give professionals tangible skills and a direct on-the-job return on investment.”

The deadline to apply for the spring 2021 semester Energy Management scholarship is Jan. 8. Scholarship application and more information can be found on the Tunxis website: tunxis.eduWhile recipients will need to complete a FASFA form, all students who apply will be considered for the scholarship since it is not based on financial need. Students selected can renew funding—which covers tuition, fees and books, for up to three years, including summer and winter classes. The scholarship is funded by a grant from CT DEEP.

For more information on the Energy Management program, contact Mathew Spinelli, Tunxis STEAM program director, at 860-773-1672, [email protected].

Funding for the Tunxis Energy Management program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, State Energy Program administered by the CT DEEP.

Credit registration is open for spring semester classes, with a variety of course formats including on-ground, online, and hybrid classes that are a mix of online and face-to-face. Spring semester starts Jan. 22.

Tunxis Community College in Farmington offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates, including 20 with science, engineering, technology and advanced manufacturing emphases. For more information on programs at Tunxis, visit tunxis.edu/academics.