New Jersey Green Program of Study Takes Root At Hunterdon County Polytech Career Academy
This year more than 40 students from Hunterdon County Polytech’s Career Academy participated in Green Program of Study classes that are helping them understand the importance and impact of energy efficiency and sustainable construction practices.
Jessica Cangelosi, supervisor of curriculum and instruction for the school, said the Energy Technologies and Building Science courses’ project based and “minds-on” learning practices, both engage and empower students. She said one of the students, Antoni Chrobot, was so motivated by his experience that he decided to apply the sustainability and “real world” theories he learned in the classroom in Peru, where he worked on one of the world’s highest wind turbines. You can learn more about Chrobot’s international experience via this link: www.nj.com
Building Trades and Energy Technologies Instructor Charlie Lachner, used project based learning and tools such as Moodle, the Green Energy Foundation’s online learning platform that provides visually appealing video animation clips, to help his students explore and understand the thinking behind the green concepts.“Our students really enjoy the real-world application of the material they’ve learned through the green curriculum,” said Cangelosi. “I expect both the interest and participation numbers to grow as word gets out about the new program.”
The school plans to attract additional students to the program through more focused outreach and communications with its five sending schools. The formation of counselor liaison groups familiar with the content and skills covered in the program also allows the school to better target potential students. Another selling point of the program is that enrolled students from the sending schools receive 5 science credits for taking the courses.
See Hunterdon County Polytech’s students in action by clicking on the video link below: