The Morrisville State College Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC) provides technical short courses for individuals seeking marketable skills in renewable energy fields. The RETC is an alliance of employers, training providers, economic development partners, and K-12 schools to address long-term and short-term needs of New York State's renewable energy sector. Course curricula are based upon employer-identified skill gaps and needs. RETC short courses and MSC college courses focus on renewable energy resources and systems, including wind, solar, micro hydro, geothermal and bioenergy/biofuels. Short courses include technical entry-level training as well as continuing education for teachers and other professionals. College courses can be taken individually as continuing education or as part of a degree program in Renewable Energy Technology A.A.S. or Technology Management B.Tech. (renewable energy option).
The Central New York Region has significant natural capital to fuel a renewable energy industry, including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bioenergy. These industries require a skilled workforce from local communities to succeed. The success of these industries will boost the regional economy and reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources.
The RETC was established in 2008 with support from a $2 million grant awarded under the President's Community-based Job Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
Morrisville State College is an EEO/AA employer.