The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a council of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) based in Rosslyn, Virginia, has partnered with the California Community College System (CCCS).
LCA and CCCS intend to educate and promote the use of automated lighting controls to the future electrical workforce of California. CCCS boasts about 2.1 million students attending 113 colleges, making it the largest community college system in the nation. The partnership aims to train the electrical workforce about automated lighting systems. The training supports California’s goal of dramatically reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Irvine Valley College of the South Orange County Community College District created the partnership and began a program that offers access to an industry-valued curriculum at all California community colleges.
LCA Promotes Lighting Controls Through Education
LCA is a lighting industry-sponsored organization dedicated to promoting lighting controls through education. LCA’s distance-education system, Education Express, provides over 50 hours of free online instruction covering lighting control technology, design, application, and commissioning.
Education Express courses are registered prerequisites of the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP). And the courses are also recognized by the National Council on Quality in the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System. Under the terms of the partnership, participating CCCS colleges will facilitate educator and student access to the Education Express curriculum.
CCCS will start with an Education Express pilot program that it expects to expand to as many as 60 colleges. According to LCA, students who complete the Education Express training program obtain both a broad and deep understanding of lighting controls, and they qualify for CALCTP and CALCTP-AT training and certification.
“We are excited about this strategic partnership which enhances our technical career education mission for both new students and the incumbent workforce,” said Corine Doughty, Dean, Irvine Valley College. “For nearly 20 years, the Lighting Controls Association has educated the public about controlled lighting,” said Gary Meshberg, LEED AP, LC, chair of the LCA and director of sales for Encelium. “We’re very excited about this new partnership with CCCS to educate tomorrow’s electrical workforce in California.”