Stephen Trexler, Bridging Communities Using energy converted us-ing a portable photovol-taic system, a Bridging Communities student de-termines the load on the circuit pow-ered by the 12 V battery. The Student Perspective The EIF course is essentially non-technical. Electrical concepts such as voltage, resistance, and current are presented, as well as basic ther-modynamic properties. While previ-ous knowledge of Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, thermodynamic laws, and types of energy would be helpful, it is not a requirement for successful comple-tion of the course. Students performed best when they read the assigned material in that the deﬁnition was available in the unit glossary. Using the online text, placing the mouse over the highlight brought the deﬁnition right onto the screen. energy industry alternatives that also have demands for a trained workforce. The Energy Industry Fundamen-tals course, supported by the Center for Energy Workforce Development, is an excellent resource for high school seniors enrolled in CTE programs. For information on start-ing the program, visit the EIF “Fast Track” at www.cewd.org/curriculum/ fast-tracked-eif.php. The Result All Bridging Communities stu-dents completed the course and successfully passed the online cer-tiﬁcate certiﬁcation assessment. The Energy Industry Fundamentals cer-26 tech directions X NOVEMBER 2017 Stephen Trexler, Bridging Communities Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Imbedded throughout the readings are “career proﬁles,” such as nuclear health physics technician and power plant operator, providing students with a better perspective on the education and training required of energy in-dustry careers. For the instructor, each module and unit provides an overview of the topic, learner expectations, teach-ing strategies, and a pacing chart for lesson delivery that enables realistic lesson planning. These resources support tailoring the curriculum while maintaining consistent focus on the learning objectives. Numerous activities are available to encourage in-class discussion, while handouts and worksheets provide ample opportunity for seat-work and homework assignments. Furthermore, each unit provides a listing of online video and animations that provide the opportunity for a “virtual ﬁeld trip” without leaving the classroom. advance, kept pace with the provid-ed note-taking guides, and complet-ed the online quizzes. The students also learned the value of the glos-sary; the terms used in the energy industry are likely to be unfamiliar. Of particular help was the use of highlighted text in both the printed and online text. In the printed text, the highlights reminded the student tiﬁcate assessment is approved by the Virginia Department of Education for high school career and technical education industry certiﬁcation. As detailed above, to be eligible to take the certiﬁcation assessment, the school or institution must apply for “approved course provider status” and students must complete the EIF course. The energy industry is forging a plan to address workforce short-ages in the years ahead; the Energy Industry Fundamentals course was developed to help address that chal-lenge. Students with a desire to work in the energy industry would be well served by the course. Additionally, the EIF course provides a solid foundation for any young adult who desires an engineering or technical degree, regardless of the speciﬁc discipline or academic major. As the course also addresses the challenge of non-renewable energy sources, students are well informed regarding renew-able, inexhaustible, and emerging Building and analyzing electric circuits reinforces power transmission fundamentals for Bridging Communities circuits.