News Release: 32 Colleges Gather at BEST Center’s Annual Institute to Dive into “Buildings as Information Systems”

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Oakland, California – December 22, 2017 – On January 3-6, 2018, BEST Center will host its fourth Annual Institute for community and technical college educators at Laney College in Oakland, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in Berkeley, CA. 43 faculty members from 32 U.S. colleges from 18 states will be seeking to improve or…

College of DuPage Launches BAS Program

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College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, near Chicago, IL started its new 1-year certificate program this fall. According to the college website: “The new certificate consists of 37 credits and includes six new courses: Heating Principles, Building Automation Systems Object-Oriented Programming (both I and II), Building Commissioning, Building Automation Systems Solutions and Building Automation Systems…

A Recap of a K-12 BAS Outreach Opportunity

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By Deb Hall I presented a hands-on workshop about the refrigeration cycle at Eccleston Elementary, an elementary school near Valencia College’s West Campus. There were four different classes back-to-back (one 3rd grade, two 4th grade, and one 5th grade). By the end, I thought the kids enjoyed it and now know the difference between a commercial and a…

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD   BEST Center Awarded National Science Foundation ATE Center Grant BEST Center has been awarded a renewal grant to continue our mission of promoting better building performance through building technician education. We are thrilled to be able to expand on our collaborative work with our members and partners in order to strengthen…

Aug 7-10, 2017: “Train the Trainer” event offered by Sporlan

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A Training Opportunity sent courtesy of Bob Clark, College of DuPage: Sporlan has offered to host another “Train the Trainer” event this summer at their headquarters in Washington, MO.  It is on the west side of St. Louis.  This event is one of the best technical trainings that I have ever attended.  Their organization believes…

News Release: Laney College Receives $3.6 Million Renewal Grant from National Science Foundation for BEST Center

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  (OAKLAND, CA) – Laney College’s BEST Center has been awarded a $3.6 million renewal grant from the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund operations of the BEST Center for an additional five years. Laney received its first ATE National Center grant to establish the BEST Center in…

News Release: Laney College First In Nation With Training Program To Support Energy Sustainability Goals

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  (OAKLAND, CA) – As California prepares to meet its 2020 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals, Laney College and a consortium of utility and industry partners are leading the state and nation in preparing a skilled workforce of High-Performance Building Operations Professionals (HPBOP) capable of enabling commercial buildings to produce as much energy as they…

ACE Mentor and BEST Center Complete Pilot Collaboration

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To kick-off our new partnership with ACE Mentor, BEST Center hosted the Oakland team on the Laney College campus this spring. ACE is a national afterschool program introducing high school students to architecture, construction, engineering and the skilled trades. The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to connect students across the U.S. with community college programs in design and…