EMCC is the lead college for the Arizona Sun Corridor - Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC) participating in a Department of Labor grant with the mission of preparing students for careers in the energy industry.

In addition to the Power Plant Technologly program at EMCC that was launched in 2012, the grant provided for the creation of an educational pathway to produce technician-level employees to secure the Information Technology (IT) components of the power systems infrastructure.

The IT Security Associate certificate (CCL) program in not specific to the power industry, but can used as a stepping stone into the AAS degree in IT and Power Systems Security.

Courses in this new program include IT, IT Security and power systems fundamentals as well as course work specific to securing the IT considerations associated with energy generation, transmission, and distribution, as well as embedded systems.

Additionally, the program include tracks to train technicians for IT Security employment in other industries with tracks in Network Security, Systems Security – Linux and Systems Security – Microsoft. Each track provides training toward industry certifications. In some tracks, it is possible to complete other comparable IT programs simultaneously.

Career and Employment Outlook

The Get Into Energy consortium was developed with energy industry partners in Arizona requiring a pipeline of a new, skilled workforce that could be ready to replace their current, but depleting, technicians that are retiring. These top-tier companies include APS, ASARCO Grupo Mexico, Arizona’s G&T Cooperatives, CB&I, the Center for Energy Workforce Development, Freeport- McMoRan Copper & Gold, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Science Foundation Arizona, SRP and Tucson Electric Power.