The Institute

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The University of Light

For over 100 years, Current’s Institute has been the model for lighting education and training. Today, our instructors are members of IES and LC-certified, and they offer public and custom training courses to support our industry, our partners and our customers.


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The Institute LIVE

Current’s live training resources offer a wide range of options directed at providing the best in lighting education. Our investment in state-of-the-art training facilities, product and technology demonstrations, and curriculum taught by our experienced and dedicated staff extends to our customers and channel partners through the live Institute experience.

The Institute

Located in our North Carolina location.

The Institute

Located just east of Cleveland, OH.

The Institute

Bring training to your doorstep.


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The Institute ON DEMAND

Current’s on-demand, user-friendly training platform provides users with the option to select from a broad range of lighting, controls and additional timely training topics. Course content, such as eLearning or webinars, is designed to provide various user groups with an easy-to-find and tailored curricula based on interest, application or product relevance.

  • Online Learning
  • Webinars—Open Registration
  • V.I.P Webinars




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The Institute @Hendersonville

GE Current, a Daintree company, has opened the doors to our expanded and redesigned Institute in Hendersonville, NC. The state-of-the-art learning center provides attendees with a cutting-edge educational and training experience that includes the latest in hands-on teaching tools and an impressive display of installed products.

The Institute courses cover the full range of Current’s product portfolio including indoor, outdoor, roadway and Daintree wireless controls along with AIA-certified courses covering today’s most relevant lighting industry topics.

The Institute is co-located with Current’s NC-based lighting fixture manufacturing facility, which provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the latest in lighting fixture assembly technology.

The Institute @Cleveland

The Institute at historic Nela Park in Cleveland was founded in 1933 as the first facility in the world devoted to the teaching of lighting. Today, it provides attendees with a range of courses and workshops offering content grounded in the latest in lighting science and technology, as well as AIA-certified courses.

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The Institute On-The-Road

The Institute can bring customized training directly to your staff with special on-site training options. Our experienced Institute staff will work with your local sales representative to build a training experience that meets your specific needs. On-site training sessions are the perfect way to educate partners and customers at your location.

These sessions can also be scheduled virtually for added flexibility! Contact your local Current sales representative or complete the below request for custom Institute training opportunities.

AIA Courses

Current is a registered AIA CES provider. We currently offer seven AIA courses: LED Lighting and Controls, Industrial Lighting and Controls, LED Disinfection, LED Life Spec Explained, Lighting for Retail Spaces, Lighting for Healthcare, and Light and Color. Explore the schedule and register for an in-person or virtual course to earn AIA learning units.


Meet the Staff

Don King

Don King, LC
Trainer: Applications & E-Learning

Don has been working in the lighting industry for over 25 years and has audited and recommended solutions at over a couple of hundred commercial, retail, healthcare, and industrial facilities. He specializes in creating interactive, hands-on lighting and controls training experiences to increase sales effectiveness whether in-person or on-demand. He is lighting certified (LC) and is an approved American Institute of Architects (AIA) trainer. He is the chairman of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Hospitality committee and has written a portion of RP-9 and RP-2. Don graduated with a degree in nuclear and power engineering and earned his MBA. He has had various roles in sales and as a Six Sigma black belt prior to his current role.



Tony Martin

Tony Martin
Sales Effectiveness Leader

With an extensive background in proven communication and management processes designed to drive revenue and build relationships, Tony has over 25 years of experience in sales, management and organizational training. He came to Current in 2015 to help lead the effort in training our Key Account Teams. He’s focused on personnel development, revenue generation and building fundamental selling skills across our internal teams and external partners. Tony has lead internal sales initiatives while collaborating with executives and teams to execute strategic plans and hit annual targets.



Emma Lyne Bruce


Emma Lyne Bruce
Learning Operations Manager

Based in Hendersonville, Emma Lyne joined Current as the Learning Operations Manager alongside the launch of The Institute. With a background in architecture as well as experience in events and training development, she's dedicated to curating experiences with the end user in mind. While overseeing the planning and production of all Institute related live, digital, and virtual learning events, Emma Lyne's focus is on the overall strategic plan for training to support Current's business objectives and growth initiatives.



Melissa Sullivan

Melissa Sullivan
Event Coordinator

Melissa has over 8 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 3 years specifically in the dynamic world of events. She is an Event Coordinator at GE Current, a Daintree company where she specializes in planning and organizing trainings, webinars and tradeshows. Melissa graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring new places. Regardless of the activity, Melissa is determined to create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

History of The Institute

On April 18, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio, 400 employees of the National Quality Lamp Division of the General Electric Company packed equipment and other business materials for a move by horse-drawn vans and motorcade to one of the world’s most unique industrial parks ever conceived and created—Nela Park.

Many of the world’s most significant lighting inventions and innovative research and development have taken place within the historic buildings of this campus. It was these world-changing lighting products that led to the founding of Current, a startup within the walls of GE, in October 2015. In the years since, Current continues to provide commercial LED lighting, controls and energy management systems to some of the world’s biggest and most recognizable brands.

The Institute at historic Nela Park in Cleveland was founded in 1933 as the first facility in the world devoted to the teaching of lighting. Today, it remains a core pillar of Current and thrives as a hub of lighting innovation, research and training.

In 2021, the Institute at Nela Park will be joined by the Institute at Hendersonville, a new training center located at Current’s facility in Hendersonville, North Carolina.