Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.94
Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Kankakee Community College
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Community Colleges Confronting the Conumdrum (C4)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

KCC was awarded an NSF grant to create a program which addressed the community college conundrum: how can we be training all of these new solar photovoltaic technicians when there are not a sufficient number of jobs. The C4 project addresses the conundrum by offering free tuition to local electrical contractors in the Solar PV program, offering solar site assessment certification as part of the course, and, as community residents request a solar installation on the basis of the solar site assessment (and full business plan), those electrical contractors get to do the installation with the assistance of the other students in the program.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Local electrical contractors have added solar installation as a service they provide, students have found work with local electrical contractors, and KCC is helping make solar PV more affordable to community residents.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research ---
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate ---
Buildings Yes
Dining Services ---
Energy Yes
Grounds ---
Purchasing ---
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance ---
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Market transformation, job creation

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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