SOURCE: Ecotech Institute

Ecotech Institute

February 01, 2012 16:10 ET

Ecotech Institute to Sponsor Green Jobs Showcase at Green Schools National Conference in Denver February 27-29

Jobs Showcase Brings Together Industry and Education to Focus on a Greener Future

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Feb 1, 2012) - Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability, today announced that it will be sponsoring the Green Jobs Showcase at the upcoming Green Schools National Conference.

The second annual conference, to be held February 27-29 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, will bring together K-12 leaders and educators from around the country. Attendees will learn new ways to make schools and districts green and healthy centers of academic excellence. The conference is positioned as the centerpiece of a national movement sending a strong, clear message that green is the future of our schools.

The conference features a landmark appearance by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on February 28 where he will discuss the newly established U. S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Program. The conference will be the most comprehensive resource for schools hoping to become a Green Ribbon School in 2012.

The Green Jobs Showcase is an opportunity for 20-30 companies to illustrate their green practices, describe current and future careers, and explain why sustainability-focused education is important to industry.

"Students learning in an environmentally focused culture will inevitably want to choose career paths that allow them to continue their commitment to helping the planet," says Jim McGrath, director of the Green Schools National Network, conference sponsor. "This showcase will allow conferees to get a glimpse of the green jobs of the future, sought-after careers that will be critically important to our health and the health of the planet in the decades to come."

Green Jobs Showcase

Date/Time:
February 28, 2012 -- 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
February 29, 2012 -- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where:
Colorado Convention Center
Rooms 201-203-205-207

Cost:
Green Jobs Showcase Only -- No Charge

"Ecotech is passionate about supporting the education industry's movement to embrace sustainability in its facilities, curriculum and shaping students' view of the world," adds Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. "We are pleased to play a role in building a bridge between schools and the marketplace."

Companies interested in participating in the Green Jobs Showcase can contact Kim Stromire at Kimberly.stromire@ecotechinstitute.com or 303-586-5290 Ext. 4647. Entries will be accepted until next week.

To register as an attendee, please visit http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php.

For general conference or registration questions, please e-mail greeninfo@nationalgreenschools.org or call 1-800-280-6218 between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Pacific Coast Time.

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 www.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 www.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 www.golfacademy.edu.

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