Iv worked at ICAST as volunteer, then intern, and now as a full-time employee. What I like most about ICAST and its programs is that they strategy in making the most impact possible not only works, its lasting! All together, its great working here, because we get to see positive improvements on society, the environment, and the economy all at the same time!
I have been working with iCAST part time for the past half year. It is fun and a excellent learning experience, not only about professional financial area which I worked in but also about the community supports and efforts in the new energy area from iCAST.
The first mega project I worked with was 5 local biofuel companies. They intended to roll-up and either went public or private. So the work I did was to make financial statements roll-up analysis for the 5 companies and to create the financial model for evaluation to figure out the best interest for the companies. Because I never touched the financial modeling and evaluation of a company, I had no idea what to do at first. But Ravi, the president of the organization, taught me from the very start of the project. I could not learn so much without his help. After the project, I had better understanding of valuation under DCF model and knew well of setting deal structures.
Having worked in a diverse array of projects at iCAST, I have found the diverse array of projects to be highly impressive. From micro-lending in Pakistan, textbooks for Tanzania, Green Jobs workforce training, to helping local businesses become more energy efficient, this is the epitome of a can-do attitude. It's an honor to be given the opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful organization.
In the short time I have been working with iCAST I have been extremely impressed with the organization's involvement in so many different social and environmentally responsible initiatives. Constantly looking for innovative ways to address the multitude of issues facing the world today, iCAST is expanding its reach across the globe furthering its mission of creating positive change in communities that need it most.
I have been involved with iCAST for over two years in different capacities. iCAST does an excellent job of aligning with their mission of providing triple bottom line solutions to disadvantaged communities. A few examples of successful projects include; micro-hydro studies, bio-energy projects, and waste utilization projects.
ICAST has provided excellent training opportunities to myself as well as a co-worker or two. Their work with industry partners has made training and acquiring certifications a relatively easy process.
They have worked with my co-worker in terms of scheduling and course accessibility to provide him with much needed additional professional training.
I was referred to iCAST for their free online training and it was great. The training provided a great overview of the green industry. I was most impressed with the industry partners and support from iCAST. I have referred people all over the world to their website www.icastusa.org It is a very interesting website that contains information about weatherization, training and community sustainability projects.
iCAST has help me in so many ways. They gave me training in Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency, but not only did I take a class with them I have worked with them hands on as an admin assistant. I learned even more with hands on experence. I was able to help others and iCAST meet dead lines and be apart of the team. With gaining the knowledge that I did with iCAST I now have a job where I can use what I have learned with them and help others. Thanks iCAST.
Getting involved with the iCAST team has broadened my horizons, period! I came in to use their computers for job search and ended up with a whole new outlook on life and some great experiences to help make my new vision a reality! I started with the OSHA class and went on to Green Construction, from there I was made part of the iCAST team to help modify a curriculum for a carpentry class. I have been amazed at the warmth and support offered by all the staff in helping individuals meet and beat thier potentials in the wide variety of experience opportunities available here. Their goals and visions are an inspiation to everyone and I see hope in the eyes of clients and staff alike. I couldn't say enough about how much good I see this operation doing when i think of what they are accomplishing with so little. They are a beacon of hope for this community and the Earth.
Design (EPICS) has worked with iCAST since I was Director of the programs. They have provide outstanding projects in a variety of arena. These projects have provided our students with engineering challenges, the opportunity to be creative and innovative and projects that require an analytical experience consistent with their level of studies at Mines. More important, as clients, Ravi and his staff has introduced the students to working with a client and have provided the mentoring they need to develop both the technical and communications skills they will carry into their careers. A very special thank you to the iCAST staff.