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AC-NET and CSUF Create a New Graduate Course Geared at Developing Clean Tech Entrepreneurs
ANAHEIM, CA - (March 26, 2010) - The Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET), announces an important education initiative to foster the long term development of Orange County’s clean technology community.

In partnership with Cal State Fullerton’s (CSUF) Center for Sustainability, AC-NET will sponsor a graduate course designed to help the next generation of clean technology entrepreneurs bring their ideas to market. AC-NET has worked closely with CSUF to identify an instructor who will teach graduate students the art of applying science and business disciplines to transform a clean technology idea into a market ready product.

“This graduate course represents an example of the type of partnership I envisioned when I first introduced AC-NET in 2008 – a partnership between education, business, and public institutions that will contribute to Orange County’s prosperity by building a clean technology community,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle. The graduate course, titled Environmental Studies 595T, Energy in Modern Society will begin on June 1 and run through July 9, 2010 during CSUF’s summer session. Students enrolled in the course will get hands-on experience with product development through analysis of business plans submitted to the 2010 AC-NET Clean Tech Business Plan Competition (Competition) and possible interaction with the participating entrepreneurs.

Additionally, students will also view the final day of Competition on June 23, 2010 when $40,000 in prize money will be awarded during the Tech Connect World Conference and Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Competition seeks business plans from early stage companies that offer the most promising clean technology solutions to southern California’s energy and water challenges. The deadline to enter the Competition is April 5, 2010.

“We are delighted to have AC-NET as a partner and sponsor of our graduate course,” said Dr. John Bock, Director of CSUF’s Center for Sustainability. “This is an ideal opportunity to enhance the educational experience and career preparation for our graduate students, as well as further the Center’s mission to be a thought leader in developing sustainable policies that balance the present without sacrificing future prosperity.”

To learn more about AC-NET and the 2010 Clean Tech Business Plan Competition go to www.acnet-anaheim.net or call toll free at 877-79-ACNET. For more information on Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sustainability please contact Dr. John Bock, Professor of Anthropology via e-mail at jbock@fullerton.edu or call 657-278-5574, or visit the Center for Sustainability Web site at sustainability.fullerton.edu.

Media Contact: Margie Otto, (714) 765-4497 office, (714) 240-6094 cell

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