Schneider launches university relations program to grow energy management skills
October 22, 2011 - Schneider Electric—a player in energy management—is launching a university relations program that aims to promote collaboration between academia, government and the business community so as to provide energy management skills development at the university level.
By Anthony Capkun
“There is a sizable business opportunity in energy management today and the market will continue to grow,” said Jeff Drees, U.S. country president, Schneider Electric. “We all need to get off the sideline and do our part to ensure there is a skilled workforce at many levels to sustain the demand for energy management solutions. Companies like ours that hold energy management expertise need to not only participate, but help lead this movement in conjunction with the public sector and academia.”
Schneider Electric’s university relations program will provide schools with initiatives ranging from executive-level sponsorship and participation in campus speaking opportunities, subject-matter access for energy management curriculum development and university research projects, strategic counsel on university sustainability plans, sponsorships of university competitions focused on green technology and energy management, and a commitment to provide global career opportunities to recent college graduates who are preparing for careers in green technology.
Schneider will also work with universities to create onsite learning labs that demonstrate future technologies, enhancing the education experience for students and faculty, and providing opportunities to integrate energy management into the classroom in a hands-on way.
The launch of the university relations program also reinforces several other external programs Schneider Electric has announced to bring needed energy management training and education to the forefront for our future and current green workforce.
Meantime, says Schneider, its free Energy University—an online, vendor-neutral education tool on energy management—has attracted more than 50,000 users from over 100 countries. Since its launch in 2009, Energy University now offers over 55 courses in nine languages, and is now partnering with 10 professional associations to provide continuing education credits.