Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:
83

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:
16

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:
19.28

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
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Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

ESL - 5 courses - These courses support diversity, equity, and inclusion through learning English as a second language. Basic ESL, Levels 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b.

The following classes are offered in our HVAC/R TECHNICIAN AND INSTALLER certificate program.
ECTC 101 - Refrigeration I - An emphasis is given to developing the necessary skills for efficient troubleshooting, maintenance and service procedures that would optimize system performance with the objective of maximizing energy efficiency as per equipment manufacturer recommendations.

ECTC 102 - Air Conditioning Systems Design - Students are trained throughout the semester in proper sizing techniques for system performance optimization and energy conservation.

ENVI 103 - Energy and the Environment - This course provides a broad introduction to energy and energy issues as they relate to generation options, utilization and environmental impacts.

ECTC 202 - Heating Systems Design - Particular attention is given to understanding the inherent system inefficiencies that occur due to either over-or under-sizing system components and their negative impact on energy consumption and equipment life expectancy. Students are trained throughout the semester in proper sizing techniques for system performance optimization and energy conservation.

ECTC 206 - Residential HVAC/R Controls and Instrumentation - A particular focus throughout this course is towards optimization of control logic for the purpose of energy conservation, via techniques such as thermostat programming, outdoor setback, staging and modulation of equipment components.

The following courses are offered in our Commercial Energy Management Technologies certificate:
CEMT201Energy Management & Auditing I – This course includes the challenge of sustainable energy. This is an entry-level course for students in the Commercial Energy Management Technology field. Responsible use of our Energy Resources is important in many respects, not the least of which is that much of it is not renewable. We as a society need to be conscientious about this fact and be good stewards of our resources so future generations are able to enjoy living on a planet that can support them and their offspring. Optimizing energy consumption in homes and buildings is also important to reduce carbon emissions and the financial burden which is the cost of operating these structures, thus increasing profitability. Saving energy makes financial sense. People who are knowledgeable about ways to save energy are a valuable and limited commodity. This course covers an introduction to utility bill analysis, learning about common energy conservation measures, conducting walk-through level-1 energy audits, determining energy use of specific equipment, breaking out where all the energy in a structure is used, calculating energy savings, prioritizing energy saving measures, and pulling all this information into a simple report: The Energy Audit Report

CEMT202 Energy Management & Auditing II - This course includes the challenge of sustainable energy. This is a course for students in the Commercial Energy Management Technology field that builds upon the basic concepts learned in CEMT-201 and continues with a more detailed examination of building energy systems, including a detailed analysis of its various components such as Building Envelope, Lighting, HVAC, Domestic Hot Water, Plug Loads, and Compressed Air and Process Uses. A necessary next step will then take the student into detailed energy analyses of energy consumption that aim at quantifying base loads, seasonal variation, and efficient energy costs; and from there to the study and assessment of lighting, air quality, temperature, ventilation, and other conditions affecting performance and human comfort. Computer simulation will be introduced to estimate changes in energy usage resulting from potential optimization that ensues from the implementation of a number of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs).

The following courses are offered in our Automotive Technology certificate program:
AUTC 101 Automotive Introduction, Fundamentals, and Safety – This course includes the challenge of sustainable automotive transportation. Includes training on safe and environmentally responsible handling and disposal of motor oil, brake fluid, batteries, and refrigerants.

AUTC 201 Engine Systems and Emission Control I - This course includes the challenge of sustainable automotive transportation. Training is provided in diagnosing, repairing, and theory of intake and exhaust systems with emphasis on emission control systems. Students are taught about the environmental impact of emissions and the need for emission control systems to reduce air pollution.

AUTC 202 – Engine Performance and Diagnosis I – This course includes the challenge of sustainable automotive transportation. Students are trained in how to improve engine performance and the environmental benefits of efficient performance.

AUTC 205 – Automotive Cooling & Climate Control – This course includes the challenge of sustainable automotive transportation. Students learn about automotive heating and cooling systems, including the environmental benefits of proper maintenance and refrigerant management.


Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:
One

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
Yes

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

The Certificate in Commercial Energy Management Technology (CEM-Tech) caters in a particular way to the currently employed Building, Energy and/or Automation professional who is interested in acquiring additional know-how that will help propel her/his career to the next level. It is also helpful to entry-level LEED and/or junior engineering majors who would like to benefit from learning the practical aspects of Auditing, Direct Digital Control, Web-based Networking and integration, and the Commissioning process. Certificate students receive instruction in quantitative and manipulative skills associated with web-based Digital Controls, Controller hardware and software setup and troubleshooting, networking, integration and programming as it applies to building automation; building walk-throughs for the identification of Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECOs), Level 1 & Level 2 Energy Audits, Analysis of Equipment/System performance and the Commissioning Process.

Energy conservation and efficiency is a major focus of our HVAC/R TECHNICIAN AND INSTALLER certificate program. This 2-semester program prepares you for an entry-level position as an HVAC/R technician and installer of residential equipment in the air conditioning, refrigeration and heating industries. You’ll be trained to work for an established company or even start your own HVAC/R business. The program combines academic classwork in thermodynamic theory, system design, mechanical, and control training with practical labs that focus on real-world troubleshooting.


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52 professional development courses were offered in FY22.
Certificate programs had 4+8+6+2+2+6+3=31 courses. (Courses offered in academic departments and cross-listed were not included in this count or in the inventory.)

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