Millard Area Technology Center in Pikeville, Kentucky has begun training energy auditors who will work to increase area homes’ energy efficiency. Millard’s 40-hour certification track equips students with the ability to perform blower-door tests, carbon monoxide checks and furnace inspections on homes, amongst other things.
The twelve students currently seeking certification are already employed doing weatherization on homes throughout southeastern Kentucky. While they are employed by area community action agencies and local businesses, the students are working in collaboration with a statewide residential energy efficiency and weatherization program called the Kentucky Clean Energy Corps, http://finance.ky.gov/cec.htm.
The students come from the area, travelling from towns such as Hazard, Paintsville, and West Liberty to attend the program. Graduates will be offered the option to obtain more advanced training through the Kentucky Housing Corporation in Frankfort.
Given that Kentucky residents use 30% more electricity in their homes than the national average, there is a huge market in the area for energy efficiency improvements. Millard plans to continue offering the certification in coming semesters and expects even more students to enroll, given that the sector’s job market in the Appalachian region of Kentucky is growing.
For more information about this program, contact Steve Sloan at Millard, (606) 437-6059 or visit www.millardatc.org.