Students training for green jobs at Tech

When the going gets tough, the tough get green.

This past week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper was in Georgetown to meet with students, administration and guests at the Career Training Center at Sussex Technical High School. Often mentioned in reference to the struggling economy, construction and housing jobs are not as booming as they once were, so many workers are evolving with the times and are looking for ways to be indispensible even during the downturn.

To assist the workers with knowledge necessary for this evolving industry, Sussex Tech’s Adult Division has a new Energy Efficiency (E2) Training course. The course is designed to assist anyone with learning in-demand skills in weatherization and alternative energy, and tuition assistance is available for unemployed or underemployed workers.

The course has already graduated some students, and another course will start in January. In addition to meeting some of the graduates of the first course, the senator last Friday spent time with current sophomore, junior and senior students in construction technology, who are at the right place to take advantage of the changing construction practices and the changing economy.

“The most important thing we can teach our young people is to prepare them with the skills they need to graduate, to earn their keep, and to someday be able to support their family,” said Carper. “This is the future,” he added.

At the school, there is a model house the students can work on. They can start by testing the structure’s heating and cooling efficiency by performing blower tests, moisture tests and thermal imaging tests. They also learn about more efficient way to insulate and caulk and the importance of weather stripping and energy-efficient windows and doors.

They also learn about new siding standards and insulation practices, and they have a small solar panel and a small rooftop windmill that can help them learn about alternative energy practices.

The senator on Dec. 18 spoke of all the exciting things the state is going through currently with respect to green technology, such as the possibility of having the first U.S. offshore wind farm, off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, and having companies such as Fisker starting to change the car manufacturing industry from inside Delaware.

“Lots of people are going to be looking for jobs,” said Carper. “And the kind we need are the kind you are teaching people to do here. It is so smart.”

For more information, visit or call the Adult Division at (302) 856-9035.