The use of alternative energy resources like wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal has been rapidly increasing all over the world and in Turkey. This increase leads to the need for technical staff that will work in this sector. In United States and EU countries, many universities have opened two-year associate degree and certificate programs which is focused on skill to meet the demand of trained staff in this area. Thus, thousands of people have been employed in the alternative energy sector. Even though the rapid rise in the alternative energy investments –a labor-intense sector– in recent years, Turkey hung back in opening education programmes in this field.
The program will be carried out in cooperation with the representatives of the alternative energy sector and students will do an internship in this sector. In addition, the successfull students in their programmes can make a vertical transfer to the 4-year undergraduate programs, and graduate as an engineer. Alternative energy is a rapidly growing sector all over the world, and it is envisioned that the need for labor force will increase in this labor-intense sector.
Assessing the academic success depends on defining the aims that are designated in the learning outcomes. Carrying out the criterias of pedagogic assessment and evaluation meticulously as well as improving our student’s sense of belonging, and keeping in touch with graduateds; the performances and production that our students display not only in their academic lives but also in their careers are among the criterias that specify the success of programme.
Although there may not be certain mechanical criterias in measuring the success of education given in any area, it is targeted that the graduateds principally have below stated basic professional skills so that the success of the aims of Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies Programme could be measured: