Fossil Ridge High School is launching a new program next academic year that will build a clean energy workforce in Fort Collins. Students who complete the program will have a head start gaining employment or attending college after graduation.
The Clean Energy Academy’s mission is to empower students through collaboration and other 21st century skills to explore sustainable solutions and be global stewards of earth’s natural resources. Offered to freshmen this fall, the students follow a scheduled program, or academic pathway, for their four years in high school. A major student project is at the heart of the pathway. Students will choose from a wide range of options such as a research project, business plan development, community-service project or sustainability plan.
Front Range Community College and Colorado State University both have excellent clean energy-oriented programs, by introducing an academic pathway early in their education; the students are immersed in a growing field with many post-graduation opportunities. Educating a workforce locally is a growing trend in workforce development. Keeping talented and well-educated residents in Fort Collins benefits our higher education systems, local companies and our community.