GTA Member News: CGCC Transforms Renewable Energy Tech Program to Electro-Mechanical Tech to Better Serve Gorge Industry

Columbia Gorge Community College recently announced the transformation of their Renewable Energy Technology program to Electro-Mechanical Technology to address the changing industry needs in the Gorge. “The local renewables industry is evolving to include advanced manufacturing, unmanned aerial systems, and instrumentation and process control. In response, CGCC is revamping its Renewable Energy Technology degree to meet those changes. The name of the program is changing, too, from Renewable Energy Technology, or RET, to Electro-Mechanical Technology, or EM-Tech (pronounced M-tech for short). Instructor James Pytel says the shift is “not so much of a change in focus but rather a redesign to fit the regional needs and remain flexible. Our desired outcome is to offer foundational technical skills with an array of specialized options,” Pytel explained.” Read the full article on CGCC’s website here.