Teaching at the Source
By Linda Allen
Supply and demand – engines that drive the marketplace and the economy. The current push for
alternative energy and sustainable living has increased the demand for geothermal technology. Its repu-
tation for energy savings, efficiency and comfort plus tax incentives have boosted its use and popularity
in all sectors from businesses and governmental and educational institutions to homeowners.
To supply the increasing demand for trained geothermal professionals and in response to the national
trend for alternative energies, Mid-Michigan Community College (MMCC), located in Harrison, Michi-
gan, recently upgraded its Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRA) program. New course-
work includes geothermal and solar technologies, which will help match industry demand with employ-
ment opportunities for graduates. MMCC was established in 1965 and offers more than 50 technical
programs for skilled technicians and semi-professional positions in business, industry and health services.