Electrical and Green Technologies


Based at Rensselaer High School, this program introduces seniors to some of the fastest growing careers in electricity, renewable energy, conservation and sustainability. Students will explore technologies requiring an in-depth understanding of electricity. Students will participate in work-based learning, a senior project, networking with local businesses and have opportunities to earn college credit.

This program is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) High School Clean Energy Training program.  



Characteristics of a successful student:

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Interest and some ability in technical area
  • Parental support of the career and Electrical and Green Technologies program

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Algebra 2
  • Basic Electricity
  • Physics

Electrical and Green Energy Technologies students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas:

  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)

    For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor

Topics covered:

  • Safety
  • DC Circuits
  • Parallel and Series Circuits
  • Alternative Energy Sounces
  • Sustainability Principles
  • Photovoltaics
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Switches and Relays
  • Residential House Wiring

The Pathway - From high school to college to career:

  • Aligns with degree/certificate programs offered at community colleges
  • Provides opportunities for articulated credit with local colleges
  • Visits to related degree programs
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Includes a college level course with lab (DC Electricity - ECM 101 HVCC)

Related career opportunities:

  • Cable/Fiber Optics installers
  • Electrical/Electrionc Technician
  • Energy Auditor
  • Energy Management
  • Green Building Design
  • Wind, Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal and Geothermal Technologies
  • Wireless Device Installation

Industry-based Certifications (attainable through program):

Introductory Level Photovoltaic Installers Associate (NABCEP)

Technical Assessment:

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Electrical Construction Technology
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Consultant Committee:

  • L.J. Create
  • Blasch Precision Ceramics
  • Simmons Machine Tool
  • Workforce Consortium for Emerging Technology
  • Precision Valve and Automation
  • Kintz Plastics
  • HVCC
  • SCCC
  • Atlas Copco
  • Technology Resource Center
  • Empire State Development
  • Dimension Fabricators
  • Natural Power

Contact Information

Columbia-Greene Educational Center
(518) 828-4157 • caitlin.preisner@questar.org

Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264 • lgilbert@questar.org

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