2012 April 16 - 12:00 am


  • The 5 megawatt multi-technology solar installation at Arizona Western College in Yuma was recognized with a national award by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association as one of the three most distinctive photovoltaic projects of 2012. The 23-acre installation, which brings together five distinct technologies, combines the priorities of workforce development, research and development and utility-scale energy generation. More than 84 submissions were evaluated by an independent panel of judges representing associations, consultants, distributors, government, integrators, manufacturers and utilities. To qualify for the awards, all projects had to be operational and demonstrate a collective benefit to the community and innovative use of policy and financing to enhance the project’s impact. The landmark installation made up of five one-megawatt sites across the campus. The system will offset nearly all of the campus’s daytime electricity needs. A subsidiary of Main Street Power will own and operate the system for the next 30 years. PPA Partners, Inc. is the solar developer which brought the concept to the campus nearly four years ago. Cost savings to the college district are estimated at $62 million. AWC is also articulating two bachelor’s degrees with the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University).

  • Joanna Post, a student at New River Community and Technical College (W.V.), is one of 50 community college students from the United States, Canada and Guam named 2012 New Century Scholars for 2012. Post earned the honor by being the highest-scoring student in West Virginia in a competition sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa (the academic honorary for two-year colleges) and American Association of Community Colleges. Post attends classes at New River’s Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, W.V. She aspires to be a math teacher and hopes to transfer to Concord University after she completes her associate degree. As a New Century Scholar, she will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a plaque, and she will be recognized in the April 23 edition of USA TODAY.

  • Natalie Berg, a member of the Board of Trustees of City College of San Francisco and board president of Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services. For more than 30 years, Berg has served in a variety of instructional and administrative positions at CCSF, including director of employee relations, dean of the School of Health/Physical Education and dean of the John Adams Campus. Berg was elected to the district Board of Trustees in 1996, and re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. She served as board president in 2006, 2001 and 1997. In July 2011, she was appointed to the State Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. Berg earned her Ed.D. degree in community college administration/curriculum from Nova University.
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