Partnering for Program Success with Colleges and Other Trainers

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 11:00am - 12:30pm Pacific (2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern)

Discover how best to fulfill both
technical and fundamental learning needs

Learn how local community colleges as well as national training infrastructures are emerging to partner with utilities and government programs to meet the immediate as well as long-term learning needs of program participants in on-going, sustainable ways. This webinar will offer candid insights about partnering strategies and tactics from representatives of colleges and other training organizations.

Too often program managers assume that if they just bring in a technical trainer for a one-shot course that the building trades will "get it" and program success will follow. Experienced program managers know that the training needs of your program participants may be more fundamental or much more specialized.

    During this Web Exchange, you will gain these insights on how to:

  • Navigate the organizational structure of most colleges and trainers… and which ones are uncharacteristic and when that is good for your program
  • Talk to colleges and trainers about your programs
  • Craft your "pitch" to articulate how your program goals align with their training (and grant attracting) objectives
  • Reach out to national trainers without alienating local colleges. And vice versa.
  • Help colleges leverage grant opportunities from third-parties to deliver training that meets your program needs

Who should attend? Energy and water utility and state/local government staff who design and implement programs that encourage homeowners to make energy/water efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

Gift Bag:All registrants will receive access to presentation archives from upcoming Rocky Mountain Contractor Exchange hosted by Red Rocks Community College on Feb. 21-22 in Golden, Colorado

No need to travel! Learn at your computer! As easy as a conference call! Your EGIA Leadership Academy Web Exchange registration includes one phone line (or Voice-Over-Internet) connection plus a web link to the presentations. You are welcome to use the phone connection on a speaker phone and project the Web Exchange in a conference room so an unlimited number of your associates may participate. After the event, you will receive a link to the archived Web Exchange with unlimited access to presentation slides with an audio recording of the presenters and question-and-answer discussion.

Can't participate on this date/time? No problem, register anyway, participate live with those from your organization who can make it, and you will receive a video/audio recording link afterward to view and share with others in your organization.

If you have any registration questions contact:

EGIA Registration Support
(866) 502-2021



Joan Smith, Dean and Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Education Center
Larry Snyder, Director of Weatherization, Rocky Mountain Education Center

Rocky Mountain Education Center

Joan SmithJoan has been at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood Colorado since 1990. Joan acted as lead writer in the application to renew the Rocky Mountain Education Center's OSHA regional training designation in 2003, during her tenure as grants director, she never dreamed she would one day be the Executive Director of the organization. Joan's responsibilities have increased from grant development and management to include the accreditation and strategic planning activities of the college. Joan also leads the institutional research division of the college. In June of 2007, Joan assumed the additional responsibilities of Career and Technical Education Director of the college, and instructional dean with the departments of Construction Technology, Industrial Science, Water Quality Management and Environmental Technology, and Renewable Energy reporting to her.

Larry Snyder has had 38 years of welding, mechanical trades, HVAC, renewable energy and energy efficiency work; a full spectrum of experience to include service work, foreman, estimator and business owner. 15 years of post secondary adult educational experience to include teaching a full load, Department Chair, Senate Chair, State of Colorado Discipline Chair for Welding, OSHA, HVAC, Millwright and co-chair for Apprenticeship courses. Larry has also developed and is currently the leader for the Renewable Energy, Mechanical Trades and Carpentry Divisions at Red Rocks Community College.

Aaron Wilcher, Faculty Coordinator, Environmental Science and Technology Program, Skyline College

Skyline College

Aaron WilcherAaron Wilcher is Career Technical Education Faculty Coordinator for Environmental Science and Technology at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Aaron coordinates curriculum and workforce training programs in the Environmental Science and Technology program, and for two Department of Labor grant programs, Bay Area Clean Energy Careers (BayCEC), and Home Energy Retrofit Occupations (HERO). He is a lead faculty coordinator for program management, curriculum development, industry relations, and government affairs. He has taught in the California community college system and has provided technical assistance and project management in workforce development for the community colleges and the Workforce Investment Boards.

Jonathan Boggiano, President, Everblue Training Institute

Everblue Training Institute

Jonathan BoggianoEverblue is the largest green building, energy efficiency, and renewable energy training provider in the world, offering training in 94 cities nationwide and 7 international locations. Brothers Jon and Chris Boggiano, who co-founded Everblue along with Grant McGregor, are both Iraq War veterans working to make the U.S. more energy independent while also preparing the domestic workforce to remain technologically competitive. As a senior instructor, Jon has over ten years of teaching experience and has trained hundreds of building professionals on LEED, BPI, RESNET, solar, and sustainability. In April 2011, Jon was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work at Everblue.

Moderator: Ed Thomas

This event has passed and registration is now closed.
To access a recording of this event, contact:

EGIA Registration Support
(866) 502-2021

Registration Fees:

  • FREE registration for Utility & Government representatives
  • $195 regular registration for all others

You MUST register in advance to receive dial-in information and web access to the presentations.

Registration includes unlimited access for anyone in your organization to presentation slides with an audio/video recording of the presenters and question-and-answer discussion. Full contact information for all presenters is provided so you may contact them directly to ask your own questions.



EGIA Featured Partner of the Month

Red Rocks Community College
Rocky Mountain Education Center

As the continuing education department of Red Rocks Community College our mission is not just OSHA training. RMEC offers training in many other areas. OSHA training is how the Rocky Mountain Education Center has earned their high quality reputation. We are a leader in many areas of certification

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About Leadership Academy

Through direct engagement, webinars, presentations, workshops and network exchange's, Leadership Academy challenges organizations to commit to implement sustainable business practices, and encourage the firm owner's and management staff to actively participate in their, and the company's, long-term growth while integrating utility and government programs into successful business models.

The EGIA Leadership Academy helps attract and inspire those organizations seeking to grow their business to capitalize on numerous federal, state and utility initiatives aimed at encouraging home and business owners to install comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy related measures.