The University of Toledo and Northwest State Community College have established a partnership to offer an associate’s degree in alternative energy technology.Students enrolled in the new Alternative Energy Technology Program will receive their associate’s degree from Northwest State, but take their classes from both institutions at the UT Scott Park Campus of Energy and Innovation.
UT President Lloyd Jacobs and Northwest State President Thomas Stuckey signed an agreement to establish the partnership Friday on Scott Park Campus.
“This is a great opportunity to share University of Toledo alternative energy research, expertise and facilities,” Jacobs said. “This partnership will help create the work force for tomorrow’s alternative energy economy.”
“Northwest State is excited to share the successful alternative energy program that has been established at our Archbold campus with The University of Toledo,” Stuckey said. “Offering this program in partnership with The University of Toledo will allow more students access to the education and training needed to secure jobs in the growing field of alternative energy.”
The alternative energy technology degree will have two tracks — one for systems design for those interested in developing the technology, and the other for systems service for students interested in careers involving installation and maintenance.
The students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Technology Program would be admitted to both UT and Northwest State, taking the courses from Northwest State faculty housed at Scott Park as well as UT faculty in the science, math and engineering fields.
The program is being set up in a way that will allow the students to easily continue their education and receive a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or individualized programs from UT.
An open house for prospective students will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, on the fourth floor of the Learning Resource Center, where Northwest State will be housed for the program.