“I’m 50 and have several degrees, so actually earning the degree wasn’t important to me. I wasn’t necessarily looking at the program for my career, but as an avocation or hobby — it’s an area I’m interested in and want to stay active in.
“This program is basically how to build, retrofit and design homes and businesses that are green and sustainable. It’s more than just adding insulation. It’s also about how to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient.
“With oil prices rising every day, we have to husband all our resources and take care of what we have to use less energy. I’d like to have more technical knowledge than the average man on the street and now I do have a deeper understanding of what it takes to make green building viable.
“When I recently had some HVAC ductwork done on my home’s attic, I was able to ask the contractors questions with more confidence, knowing what I know now. If they answered in a way that didn’t make sense with what I just learned, then I gave that some thought. If their answers aligned with what I’d learned, I thought, with both the curriculum and the industry lining up, this must be a good solution.”
Jack Turlington earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Texas and a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from SMU. He has finished the first half of Cedar Valley’s RBPT program. He owns his own electronics business.