Copenhagen Central School is a partner in an exciting initiative funded by NYSERDA that will introduce middle and high school students to the ever-expanding world of energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced energy technologies and educate them about potential career opportunities. The Cooperative Energy Education Program (CEEP) will inspire students to think in new and creative ways about energy use and production, and engage students through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to accelerate success in the classroom and beyond. An after-school 4-H energy club provided through Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County will utilize hands-on STEM based projects to lead students in energy discovery.
Students at Copenhagen CSD, Belleville-Henderson CSD, LaFargeville CSD and Lyme CSD will have access to the wide-array of energy innovations the North Country has to offer through field trips, mentorships and internships at local businesses. These opportunities will also highlight the diversity of energy careers that are available and abundant in the North Country. Through additional partnerships with SUNY ESF, SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College, students will have access to college visits, opportunities for college credit and scholarships for select energy-focused college courses.
Exciting Opportunities for Students and the Community:
· February 7th, 2015 is “Super Energy Saturday” at Jefferson Community College. This one-day community energy symposium is open to the public and will highlight student research projects, speakers, vendors and hands-on learning opportunities for youth and families.
· Energy career mentorship and internship opportunities
· College credit and visits
· Hands-on STEM based learning through after-school 4-H clubs
In speaking about the funding awarded for high school clean energy training programs, President and CEO of NYSERDA John B. Rhodes said, “This funding will help strengthen the academic pipeline from high school to college to career and provide more opportunities for students interested in the field of clean energy.” NYSERDA has supported energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development and training initiatives since 1998, training more than 30,000 participants, and has a network of more than 70 clean energy training providers across the state, including community colleges, State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and non-profit training entities.