Solar Lease

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One excuse for people not putting up solar cells on their roof is the expense. Who has 14 to 30 thousand dollars free right now? Not many people. When the price of solar systems go down, then people will be able to afford them. Unless there is a different way to go solar. On June […]

High Impact Customer Service

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Our district, the Maricopa Community Colleges, is starting an initiative focused on high impact customer service. We learned from Terry Bartelt, of Fox Valley Community Colleges, in NetWorks webinar, Technical Program Recruitment: Ten Tip to Thinking Outside the Box, that customer service to students can either bring students in, or send them running. To help […]

Who Pays for Learning?

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Universal, government supported education is one of the cornerstones of modern American society. One of the underlying principles supporting this notion is that endeavors that provide wide benefit to a large portion of a society should be supported by the society in general and not just by those individuals who receive the most direct benefit. […]

Hoo Knew… Vance Williams

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Monday, June 9, 2008, was just like any other day. Apple opened up their big conference… emails to open… blogs to write… But, it was not like any other day. Our good friend and colleague, Vance Williams passed away suddenly from an unexpected and unknown illness. Vance was Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center’s (MATEC) Network […]

Nanotech and Phones

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I was talking with Tom McGlew in his office the other day and he was showing me some cool concepts with nanotechnology and phones. Nokia has a concept phone, Morph, that is just plain cool that in maybe seven to ten years they will be able to produce. You can wear it, fold it, bend […]

The Lack of Solar in Arizona

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In Arizona where we have 300 days of sunshine a year, about 35 days of partly cloudy skies, and 30 days of cloudy skies. You would think that Arizona would be the solar capital of the world, or at least the United States. California has the one million solar home initiative. Germany has a very […]

Solar Air-conditioning

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When I think of solar energy, I think of solar cells, solar water heaters, solar lights you put up in your front yard, but I do not think of solar air-conditioning. Not until last week when the East Valley Tribune paper had an article about solar air-conditioning. The system sounds pretty cool, though it is […]

Drop-outs and Foreign Students

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We portray ourselves as the greatest nation on earth, yet we cannot graduate a sizeable fraction our high school students. Many of these students drop out just from lack of perceived relevancy of their school work. “When will we need to use math or chemistry?” they ask. The microchip represents the most complex thing that […]

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