CTC Continuing Education Training for Solar Jobs in Central Texas

Information Session May 4, 2013 from 10a.m. to 12p.m.
Central Texas College Campus, Building 136, Room 157

On May 4th, CTC Continuing Education (CE) will host an information session about the Outlook for JOBS in the Solar Industry in the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood Area. This session will also feature the announcement of CE’s NEW Solar Training Program to prepare veterans and small business employees for jobs as Solar Installation Technicians, Site Assessors, Photovoltaic (PV) Design, Installation and PV Technical Sales Professionals.

The December 2012 ERCOT Long Term System Assessment Report indicated under various scenarios that Texas could have as much as 10 GW of solar installed within the next 10 to 20 years to meet growing state electricity needs–more than the total 9 GW of solar installed in the entire US today. Come and learn about recent solar industry trends and predictions, meet CTC’s new solar instructors, see a demonstration of the hands on PV system installation training labs, and learn about CE’s commitment to create economic opportunity, diversity, and harvest the untapped value of Central Texas’ enormous solar energy resource.

CE Solar Training Program kicks off May 14th with a three 20-hour courses offered in an accelerated format combining classroom, online and hands on training.

This Info Session and the CE Solar Training Program are geared toward:

  • Construction trades companies (builders, electricians and electrical contractors, roofing companies, general contractors, HVAC companies) interested in adding solar PV system design and installation services to their existing business(es)
  • Homeowners who want to understand how PV systems work and how installing a PV system on their home or property can lower their energy bills
  • Anyone interested in exploring or preparing for a career in the burgeoning solar industry.

The Info Session will be hosted by CTC Continuing Education representatives and Master ISPQ and Affiliated ISPQ Instructors Richard Stovall and Cathy Redson of Austin-based SolPowerPeople, Inc. who have developed and will teach this program. Stovall and Redson, both Certified NABCEP PV Installation and PV Technical Sales Professionals, bring several years of PV system design, installation and teaching experience and can offer deep insight into solar industry opportunities.

“Solar work is a natural fit for veterans who are used to working outside, using tools and who aren’t afraid of hot temperatures–only they don’t also have to carry 110 pounds on their backs!” says Redson. “We are excited to provide a pathway to high-paying, exciting jobs that truly help home and business owners lower their electric bills, increase the value of their property, and invest in their own independent energy solution that reduces pollution and our dependence on foreign fuel sources.”

The Saturday, May 4th Info Session Event will also provide information on the available tuition grant funding for those who qualify through the Skills for Small Businesses and Skills for Veterans Initiative grants.

Skills for Small Business emphasizes training for newly hired employees, which is defined as an individual who has been hired up to 3 months prior to the date of the application. The program pays up to $1,450 for each new employee, and $725 for existing employees. To qualify your business must have at least 2 full-time employees and not exceed a staff of 100 employees.

Skills for Veterans Initiative pays up to $1,450 to be used in a 12-month period for an eligible post-9/11 era veteran hired within the three months prior to receipt of the application.

For information contact CTC-CE Director Teresa Chavez at teresa.chavez@ctcd.edu or call at (254) 526-1991.

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