ROSSLYN, Va.,—The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a
council of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), has
announced a new partnership with the California Community College System (CCCS)
to educate tomorrow’s electrical workforce about energy-saving lighting
controls throughout California.
CCCS is the largest system of higher education
in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 113 colleges. This partnership aims to upskill an electrical
workforce in support of California’s goal to
dramatically reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, notably in
the area of lighting automation. The South Orange County Community College
District’s Irvine Valley College established this partnership and led an
initiative that provides access to industry-valued curriculum across all
California community colleges.
LCA is a lighting industry sponsored activity dedicated
to promoting lighting controls through education. LCA’s distance-education
system, Education Express, offers more than 50 hours of free online instruction
in lighting control technology, design, application and commissioning.
Education Express courses are registered with the American Institute of
Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System, National Council on Quality in
the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and the California Advanced Lighting Controls
Training Program (CALCTP).
Under the agreement, CCCS will facilitate
educator and student access to the Education Express curriculum via participating
colleges. Initially implementing a pilot program, CCCS estimates students from as
many as 60 colleges will ultimately enroll in Education Express. Students who
complete the Education Express program gain a broad and deep understanding of
lighting controls and qualify for CALCTP and CALCTP-AT training and
“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
“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.”
For more information about CCCS, visit www.CCCCO.edu.
For more information about the Lighting Controls Association and Education
Express, visit www.LightingControlsAssociation.org.
For nearly two decades, the Lighting Controls
Association has educated the professional lighting community about lighting
control technology and application.