Grant To West-Mont Christian Expands Energy Course

Students at West-Mont Christian Academy work on assembling a windmill

POTTSTOWN PA – An already “successful” course curriculum covering the production and future of sustainable energy, now being taught at West-Mont Christian Academy, 873 S. Hanover St., Pottstown PA, has won a $7,445 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to broaden its scope, school public relations representative Terri Kropp announced Wednesday (Aug. 3, 2011).

The money will pay for completion of a windmill project, a solar hot water collector, and creation of a web portal intended to reach middle school students across Pennsylvania and encourage their energy awareness. All projects are now under construction and should be completed by next July (2012), Kropp said.

The educational grant awarded to West-Mont Christian is one of several given to Pennsylvania schools for projects that promote sustainable energy, energy conservation, and environmental science. Ironically, 5 percent of penalties and fines levied against environmental law violators by the DEP pays for the grants.

West-Mont Christian’s sustainable energy science topics include:

  • Principles of alternative and renewable energies;
  • Energy site evaluation;
  • Conventional energy sources and use;
  • Conservation and waste recovery technologies;
  • Geothermal technology;
  • Solar energy technologies;
  • Biomass, biogas, and microturbine technologies;
  • Fuel cell and hydrogen technologies;
  • Wind energies;
  • Codes, regulations and standards;
  • Economics of alternative and renewable energies; and
  • Post-secondary educational and vocational opportunities related to alternative energy.

“We have a very progressive curriculum to prepare our students for energy-related job opportunities,” added Mark Moore, the academy’s instructor for sustainable energy. “As a school, we work hard to develop the interests of every student.”