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Ecotech Institute Honors Its Second Graduating Class Today

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DENVER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 -- Ecotech Institute, the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in clean technology and sustainability, will hold its second-ever graduation today, Monday, September 24, 2012 at The Summit Conference and Event Center in Aurora, CO. Forty-four graduates, including six military veterans, will cross the stage. They will receive associate's degrees in Wind Energy Technology, Solar Energy Technology, Renewable Energy Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

This group of graduates, in addition to the first graduating class, makes up the students who began coursework in a temporary facility before Ecotech's campus was completed.

"We take pride in our visionary students, the people who believed in Ecotech before we had elaborate lab equipment and a LEED-certified campus," said Mike Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. "These students shared our vision and will soon receive their diploma, arming them for success in the vast world of green jobs."

Ecotech hosted its first graduation on June 20, 2012 and approximately 90 percent of graduates are now working in cleantech positions around the country, including Hawaii.

All Ecotech students develop soft skills (communication, workplace etiquette), and math and science basics and technology skills, but the educational emphasis is on hands-on, practical training. Ecotech's prestigious national board of advisors, who serve as academic and business leaders in cleantech industries, helped design the school's practical curriculum.

"It feels good knowing that I now have an advantage above others who are also pursuing this career, but who don't have the technical training I received at Ecotech," said Joe Kellogg, who is graduating with a degree in Solar Energy Technology. "I absorbed an abundant knowledge in each class from the best instructors and have the tools to be successful."

The September 2012 graduating class is made up of students from 10 states and Mexico. Listed below are their hometowns, names and degree programs:


•Jackson's Gap
Jason Chesnutt, Wind Energy Technology


Tumu Johnson, Electrical Engineering Technology
David Shannon, Electrical Engineering Technology
Clint Turner, Wind Energy Technology
Mark Westrate, Solar Energy Technology•Boulder
Nicholas Dotter, Electrical Engineering Technology•Broomfield
Joshua Schaefer, Solar Energy Technology•Colorado Springs
Deiyung Downey, Wind Energy Technology
Matthew Morin, Solar Energy Technology•Denver
Steve Appling, Wind Energy Technology
Jacob Bratsky, Electrical Engineering Technology
Chris Horn, Wind Energy Technology
Thanos Hunt, Renewable Energy Technology
Joe Kellogg, Solar Energy Technology
Alejandro Mesa, Electrical Engineering Technology
Brett Oakes, Renewable Energy Technology
Esteban Orl, Wind Energy Technology
Ty Simpson, Renewable Energy Technology
Joshua Stoppel, Solar Energy Technology
Josh Yaeger, Electrical Engineering Technology•Divide
Matt Vetis, Solar Energy Technology•Henderson
Gil Negron, Solar Energy Technology•Littleton
Edward Buess, Wind Energy Technology
Kent Mortensen, Wind Energy Technology•Morrison
Sean Johnston, Renewable Energy Technology•Nederland
Nathan Baumhover, Renewable Energy Technology•Northglenn
Zac Sturgill, Wind Energy Technology•Parker
Robert Parker, Wind Energy Technology


Michael Scace, Solar Energy Technology


Darlene Redden, Solar Energy Technology•Norton
Timothy Millan, Wind Energy Technology•Oakley
Terry Farmer, Solar Energy Technology


Louis Sanfacon, Electrical Engineering Technology•Zacatecas
Jose Calderon-Ibanez, Electrical Engineering Technology


•Battle Creek
Les Crosby, Wind Energy Technology•Muskegon
Jordan Veltman, Electrical Engineering


•St. Louis
Josh Crambert, Wind Energy Technology

New York

Richard Chase II, Solar Energy Technology•New York City
Fatih Erogla, Solar Energy Technology


Michael Streight, Wind Energy Technology


Kevin King, Electrical Engineering


•Corpus Christi
Shawn Sanders, Wind Energy Technology•Dallas
Brandon Huckaby, Wind Energy Technology

About Ecotech Institute
Ecotech Institute is first and only college entirely focused on preparing America's workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, it offers six highly practical renewable energy degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today's alternative renewable energy employers. Classes start once per quarter and applications are always accepted. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit or call 877-326-5576.

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