|Owner||Educational Corporation of America|
Ecotech Institute was a for-profit college in Aurora, Colorado. It offered classes and 2-year degrees focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The first class graduated in June 2012 with 42 students with subsequent classes growing larger. The school closed in December 2018.
Ecotech's first classes began in July, 2010 in a temporary facility. The institute opened its new facilities in January, 2011 with almost 200 students, some starting their third quarter. The first class graduated June 21, 2012, receiving two year associate degrees in wind energy technology, solar energy technology, renewable energy technology and electrical engineering technology.
Ecotech Institute's campus has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility features solar panels and wind turbines on its roof, as well as solar trees on the grounds, energy-saving zero-client computing technology and occupancy-sensitive lighting.
Ecotech Institute offers coursework in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Specific programs are:
The Colorado location was selected because of the state's renewable energy resources as well as the state government's green-friendly reputation. Ecotech has stated that it intends to "expand across the U.S." following the establishment of its Colorado campus.
Ecotech Institute programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. National accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Degrees from the college may be accepted by employers for entry-level jobs.
The company that owns and operates the schools, Education Corporation of America, is a privately held corporation headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. ECA also owns Virginia College Online, which offers distance education academic programs via the Internet; Golf Academy of America; New England College of Business and Finance; Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, offering degrees in the culinary arts.