Campus to offer course on energy efficiency vehicles 

By Joseph Miller | The Bristol Bay Times: As the fall semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus is drawing to a close, the registration for Spring classes are opening up and revealing several new and engaging courses for students for the upcoming year, including a course on the mechanics and the building of energy efficient vehicles.

The course schedules for the new Spring Semester of 2014 have been posted by the Bristol Bay Campus for students to look over and select their classes before the end of the fall term. However, there are still several courses left within the time frame of the fall semester. Between Dec. 2 and Dec. 6, a class called the Introduction to Concrete Materials and Forms will be offered as well as an Introduction to Welding course that will be available beginning on Dec. 12. A course on Hazardous Materials Technician training will be offered from Dec. 9 through Dec. 13 as well as a refresher course that will be offered on Dec. 14.

Perhaps the most exciting course is a new class called Energy Efficient Vehicles that is scheduled to take place between Tuesday, Dec. 17 through Thursday Dec. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The course is only worth one credit, but it is provided for free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“What we have here is this class being used as an elective, which will be one credit towards a Sustainable Energy Occupational Endorsement degree,” said Michael Golub, the Bristol Bay campus sustainable energy coordinator and the instructor for the upcoming course. “We offer a couple of the courses needed for this major at the Bristol Bay campus, but we certainly want to offer more. It’s a way for high school students to take a handful of courses here and then immediately be able to get a job in an entry level position in the field opposed to spending a lot of time working towards something that would require much more time like a two or a four year degree in a broader specialization. This class is one way that will help students get their feet wet with enough knowledge in these energy efficient areas so they would require less training in an entry level position when the time comes.”

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