Ecotech Institute Honors Its Second Graduating Class Today

New Class of Graduates Are Prepared to Enter the Green Jobs Workforce

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Sep 24, 2012) - 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


  • Aurora
    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


  • Salem
    Michael Scace, Solar Energy Technology


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


  • Berwick
    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

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


  • Aumsville
    Michael Streight, Wind Energy Technology


  • Canonsburg
    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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