Ecotech Institute hosts meetings for Coalition for Educational Success and military recruiters

Nov 15, 2011

Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colorado recently hosted a conference presented by the Coalition for Educational Success entitled "Higher Education's Role in Preparing the New American Workforce."

Avy Stein, Coalition Chairman and Board Chairman for Education Corporation of America (ECA), introduced Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer for opening comments. U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (Colorado) spoke on the importance of alternative options for higher education, including programs that focus on renewable energy. The keynote address was delivered by author and New York Times columnist, Joe Nocera.

ECA representatives at the event included Jason Mann, Roger Swartzwelder and Montiqua Pettway. Pictured left to right, below, are Joe Nocera, Avy Stein and Senator Michael Bennet.

Ecotech Institute recently hosted a meeting with local military recruiters from the Denver metro area. The main objective of the meeting was to introduce the Military Service Center and the ASVAB tutoring program, which has been successful at Ecotech Institute's sister institution, Virginia College.

The ASVAB tutoring program helps prepare recruits and active duty personnel for testing that determines enlistment eligibility and qualifications for advancement in the military.

Hosts for the presentation included Randy Pavlu, Hal Jensen, Mike Seifert, Tony Fritcher, Kim Stromire, Ashley Smith and Andrea Martell. Military personnel in attendance were Mark Curran from the Colorado Army National Guard, Navy Recruiter Aaron De La Rosa, and William Hoover and Cristina Espinoza from the Army Reserves.



Major solar initiative announced for Aurora; Ecotech Institute names new Career Services head

At a recent Aurora Economic Development Council A–List Event , Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced General Electric's selection of Aurora for a solar panel manufacturing plant with PrimeStar Solar. According to the head of GE's renewable energy business, Victor Abate, Colorado was chosen for the country's largest thin film solar plant because of the workforce talent, technology and prime location. The new plant will employ 355 people and construction is scheduled to begin in January, 2012.

Aurora is home to Ecotech Institute's flagship campus.

Ecotech Institute has named Susan Pawlak as the school's new Director of Career Services. In this position, she will focus on creating long–term relationships with renewable energy and sustainable companies and will match highly skilled Ecotech graduates with employers.

"The best way to secure a job is through relationships and contacts, and Susan serves as a dedicated advocate for our students," said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. "In addition, she will position Ecotech as a go–to resource for local and national companies searching for high–quality employees."

Ms. Pawlak isn't a new face to Ecotech. She has been with the school since May 2011, originally serving as an OSHA Safety and Health instructor. She also helped develop parts of Ecotech's energy efficiency program. Prior to joining Ecotech, she worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Front Range Community College where she taught in the Clean Energy Technology program and Corporate Solutions department.

Also, Susan recently retired from Anheuser–Busch after 26 years. There, she concurrently managed manufacturing operations and training and development.