Seeking Candidates for 20 Grant-Funded Seats in Renewable Energy Job Training

By on November 19, 2018
Renewable Energy Job Training

This past September, Bank of America awarded a $20,000 grant to St. Louis Community College for solar training. Now, the important work begins.

“We’re seeking 20 driven individuals from the St. Louis Promise Zone who are ready for high-value, no cost training toward solar jobs that are increasingly in demand,” explains Rene Dulle, STLCC Workforce Solutions Group project manager. The organization has published its new program Solar Photovolataic (PV) Installation Technician flyer and requests that community partners and businesses help share this opportunity.

“We are actively in the community promoting this no-cost training and meeting with individuals,” Dulle continues. “We’re also working to place this flyer on the desks and bulletin boards of our region’s job centers and community organizations. We recognize them as important ‘feet on the ground’ and, through their individualized relationships in the community, we know these partners can help us identify dedicated women and men interested in skilling-up for new credentials and a renewable energy career.”

STLCC’s 8-week solar training program delivers in-depth, applied instruction in the installation of photovoltaic renewable energy technology. Upon program completion, individuals will be qualified to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Associate Program exam. Average starting salaries from solar installers is $38,000.

Eligibility requirements include a high school diploma or high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) along with WorkKeys placement scores that meet program minimums. Priority is given to residents of the Promise Zone with a driver’s license.

The evening programs begin in February and April, 2019, with 10 grant-funded seats available in each cohort. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at STLCC’s Center for Workforce Innovation (CWI) at the Florissant Valley campus. The program is free of charge to qualified students and includes instruction, books and the Solar PV Associate NABCEP exam.

Interested individuals must attend a free information session hosted at CWI from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Upcoming sessions will be held Tuesdays on November 20, December 4 and December 18. To register and apply for the program, please call 314-984-7777. Additional information is also available at stlcc.edu/solar.

Download a copy of the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Technician flyer.

About Lysa Young-Bates

Lysa Young-Bates is Marketing Communications Manager of St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group, which delivers non-credit continuing education opportunities, corporate training and community services to the St. Louis region.

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