Programs, Classes & Training

The Green Institute promotes green education and training for Heartland students and the community through a variety of options.  

Personal Enrichment Classes

We offer a variety of sustainable living classes covering topics from energy efficiency for your home, renewable energy, homesteading, sustainable gardening and landscaping. 

This Fall you can enjoy the following classes:  

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Check the Community Education catalog for a list of all the classes currently offered.  

Certificate Programs

Solar Training Academy 

We partner with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association to offer their Solar Training Academy every spring. The acadeny is a series of weekend classes from January through May that walks you through the photovoltaic (PV) design and installation process.

Academy Format

The format of the Solar Training Academy includes:

  • Basic PV
  • PV Site Assessor
  • Intermediate PV
  • PV Design Lab
  • PV Sales and Finance.  


After successful completion of the academy, you will have 63 hours of classroom training, which qualifies you to be a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Installation Professional and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional.

Additionally, you will be eligible to sit for the the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) PV Site Assessor Exam.*

*To sit for the MREA PV Site Assessor Exam, you will need to complete two practice site assessments outside of class.

Wind Tower Competent Climber and Rescue Training 

We offer multiple certificate Competent Climber and Rescue Trainings utilizing our 1.65MW Wind Turbine.  Previous trainings were funded through a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network.  

If you or your business have a need for this type of training, please contact us and we can work with you to meet your training needs.  

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Degree Programs

Earn an Associate's Degree in Renewable Energy.

What You Learn

Our Renewable Energy program helps you develop broad technical knowledge and skills. In this program, you learn about:

  • Electronics
  • Electrical systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable energy

More Information

View all Renewable Energy & Environmental Control programs at Heartland.

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Career and Employee Training

We can work with you to create and provide training suited to your needs. Our training can be customized for employees or individuals wanting to increase their knowldege on a new topic.

We want to help you and your business advance in the growing green economy.

Past Training Topics

  • GPRO Fundamentals of Green Building
  • GPRO Construction Management
  • Introduction to Wind Energy
  • Wind Tower Competent Climber and Rescue
  • PV and Wind Site Assessor
  • Building Operator Certification Level I or II
  • Building Science Principles
  • Basic Photovoltaics
  • Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems

Contact us to participate in or develop training.

Green Institute Resources

The Green Institute Resource Room is located on the 1st floor in the north atrium of the Workforce Development Center.