My name is Mia Hocking and I am a current LCC student enrolled in online Energy Management courses. I have worked for the Hillsboro School District since January 2010. In July 2018, I started a new position with the district as Resource Conservation Manager. This RCM position has experienced some turnover and I was looking for a creative challenge. Be careful what you ask for J It’s an amazing opportunity to do good things; save money, save resources, the collaboration between departments, develop programs and policies, engage our youth, and the list goes on. Even with all my ideas and desire to achieve, I realized that I really needed professional development in this new career. My research for education in this field led me to Roger Ebbage and that is how I found the Online Energy Management program at LCC.
I live and work in Hillsboro, OR so this is a major factor in my decision to enroll in this LCC program. I have not found similar programs or opportunities close to home. I also appreciate that I can complete the coursework around my daily work schedule. The district maintenance department has been understaffed for years and increasingly difficult to find skilled tradesmen interested in working for HSD. Given these circumstances, I felt that I needed resources that allowed me the opportunity to apply coursework to my daily tasks. I can say, without hesitation that LCC’s Online Energy Program and my instructors have provided applicable and accessible knowledge and training that continues to enhance my professional development.
Initially considering a commitment to a 2-year program and learning a new job seemed like a huge undertaking. It has been. However, I have only felt support and encouragement from both instructors, mentor, and my district. Considering that I have had to learn how to do my job without internal guidance, I am grateful to have made so many industry connections. I have much to learn yet, but I feel much more confident than if I had not enrolled in this program.
Below is a photo of Keith, one of our HVAC technicians and myself sitting in front of our HVAC controls workstations.