SCF Student Participates in International Training in Alternative Energy

(Bradenton, Fla., July 31, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student Andrew Sink  has returned from a three-week alternative energy training program in Spain with an enriched international perspective and an expanded knowledge in energy efficiency that has enhanced his educational and professional experience.

Sink was one of only eight students enrolled in associate degree programs in engineering technology programs in the Florida College System to be selected to study alternative and renewable energy and participate in project based learning in San Sebastian, Spain. The study-abroad program is sponsored by Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FL-ATE) through a partnership with Spain’s education consortium, Tknika.

Sink participated in hands-on training in solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, biomass, and geothermal, hydraulic energy and automation at the partner school, Usurbilgo Lanbide Eskola, which produces electricity through alternative and renewable energy sources including a photovoltaic array and wind turbines.

SCF Emerging Technologies Program Director Adrienne Gould-Choquette also traveled to Spain and served as a faculty mentor for the program and was instrumental in developing the curriculum with a team of educators and professionals from Florida and Spain.

Gould-Choquette’s opportunity for international collaboration has proved to be a valuable resource in strengthening SCF’s emerging technologies programs, particularly in the area of solar energy.

“The FL-ATE coordinator’s praise of Andrew Sink for his knowledge and teamwork reinforces my confidence that we have a relevant and successful program that answers industry’s call for an educated workforce,” she said.

Sink attributes his success to his education at SCF and Gould-Choquette who assisted him in finding a job as a test laboratory technician for ETCO Inc.

“She was instrumental in guiding me through this program, helping me find a job and opening the door for an opportunity to spend the most exciting summer of my life in Spain. Her dedication to her students and State College of Florida is second-to-none, and it shows in every aspect of her programs,” Sink said.

Sink is continuing toward SCF’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management.

For more information about SCF’s emerging technologies programs, contact Adrienne Gould-Choquette at


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