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Laney College Selected as Community College Innovation Challenge Finalist

11 April 2017

pocket_houseThe National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, named ten finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge, including Laney College for its Pocket House Project that aims to overturn homelessness by using digital fabrication methods to create safe, inexpensive homes that are quick to manufacture and simple to assemble with minimal waste. You can read the full press release here:

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Academic Excellence – Environmental Control Technology at Laney College

17 March 2016


The Environmental Control Technology program at Laney College prepares students for jobs in the growing fields of Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR) and Building Automation. With the goal of making our buildings operate efficiently to keep people comfortable, today’s buildings have increasingly complex automated environmental control systems, and there is a need for smart, well trained technicians to operate and maintain these systems. The program at Laney College is so widely respected, the National Science Foundation has awarded grants to create the BEST center, to help other colleges around the country develop similar programs. Come get involved in this growing and rewarding field, and find a stable career.

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Laney College Receives $3.5 Million National Science Foundation Award

5 December 2012

Laney College Receives $3.5 Million National Science Foundation Award
Goal to Create National Center for Building Efficiency Technician Education

Laney College and its partners recently were awarded a prestigious $3.5 million, 4-year Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant from the National Science Foundation. Together with several other community colleges and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Laney will start up and lead the new Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow (BEST) Center. The BEST Center is the first National Science Foundation center to be dedicated to building systems technology and operations.

The aim of the Center is to promote building technician education, which improves energy-efficient and sustainable building operations in the United States. Technicians include building operators/ engineers and specialists in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R), lighting, controls, building automation, and energy management. Because homes and commercial facilities consume over 40% of energy used in the United States, technicians are vital for ensuring that buildings perform with comfort and reliability while reducing environmental impact and carbon footprint.

“The National Science Foundation award will allow Laney College to become a national hub for advocacy in this crucial area of climate change abatement through efficiency,” says Peter Crabtree, Principal Investigator and Dean of Career and Technical Education at Laney College.

“Building technicians are becoming increasingly important agents of sustainability efforts. Having been supported by NSF for the past eight years to develop cutting-edge curriculum, we are honored to offer our expertise along with our partner institutions to make a significant impact in this country.”

To carry out its mission, the Center is partnering with a network of colleges from around the country. Key partners include Georgia Piedmont Technical College in metro Atlanta and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley are also key partners. The Center will advocate for energy-efficient buildings, advance community college programs in building technician fields, work with businesses and research labs, and strengthen STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pathways from high school to college. The BEST Center will develop and distribute educational resources, host instructor workshops, and support collaborations to meet the urgent need for skilled workers in sustainable building operations.

For more information, contact Peter Crabtree, Dean of Career and Technical Education at Laney College, 510-464-3218

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