Specialized Programs in Alternative Energy
University of Science and Technology (Rolla)- Missouri S&T’s Energy Research and Development Center is involved in grid stabilization and storage for green energy technologies
University of Missouri (Columbia)- MU’s Center for Sustainable Energy coordinates research, education, and commercialization for all renewables.
Washington University (St. Louis)- has the country’s only department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering, and it is also home to the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES); a center founded in 2007 to foster research on energy, environment, and sustainability across several disciplines through collaborations with the international business community.
Crowder College (Neosho)- Home to the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center, recognized internationally for its contributions to the energy field. Crowder offers a Pre-Engineering Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of Arts with biofuels, solar, wind specialization and six alternative energy certificate tracks.
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg)- UMC recently developed a new workforce program focused on Green/Sustainable Industries. The curriculum includes all “green” industry sectors and technician certification training.
Electrical Connection (St. Louis)- the Midwest’s largest resource for training electricians and communication technicians, training more than 1,200 IBEW apprentices and journeymen each year.
Mineral Area College (Park Hills)- offers both a Renewable Energy Technology Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau)- offers a BS degree in Technology Management with Sustainable Energy Systems Management specialization.
St. Louis Community College (St. Louis)- Offers four accelerated training programs to retool workers for Energy Solutions Technician jobs.
Education Training and Workforce Facts
- Missouri colleges and universities grant over 4,000 degrees in engineering or engineering technology annually.
- There are over 21,000 engineers employeed in Missouri according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Missouri's workforce exceeds the populations of 19 other stats, including neighboring Kansas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.
- Twleve percent, or 318,650 of Missouri's 2.67 million workers are employed in occupations relevenant to the Energy Solutions industry.
- Nearly 10% of Missouri's workforce is currently employed in manufacturing.
- Missouri has 138 post-secondary, degree granting institutions.
- Missouri ranks 15th nationwide for bachelor's engineering degrees granted. More than 4,000 engineering degrees are awarded each year in the state, offering a steady pool of mechanical and electrical engineering graduates.
- In February 2012, Exergonix Inc. announced a partnershop with the University of Central Missouri and Summit Technology Academy to develop an "Innovation Campus" at the company's headquarters. The campus will serve as a cooperative learning environment for STEM-focused high school students.