Victor Valley College Launches Solar PV Tech Training

Victor Valley College Launches Solar PV Tech Training

A Local Corporate Sponsor Offers Scholarships to VVC Students

Victorville, CA—the local community college continues to stay on the leading edge of education by offering a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Tech training class on August 8th and a large local corporate sponsor aims to help. The yet to be named company has agreed to provide scholarship opportunities to students interested in taking VVC’s Solar PV Technician Training class. These scholarships are due to a supportive relationship between the sponsor and VVC. “This is a great opportunity for our students to get a top-notch energy education at an affordable price” says Anthony Bonato, Construction Technology Department Chair at the college. “Our sponsor is very involved in our local education initiatives.”

While there are other solar tech classes on the market, none of them are as comprehensive as the one at VVC. Many other classes run between 40 and 60 hours and are little more than test prep sessions. For starters, this class covers 12 weeks of intensive training and features four separate types of installation models: an S-Tile roof, a Shingle roof, a Flat roof, and a Ground-Mounted system. In addition, there is a solar-thermal component where students will learn how to install and troubleshoot solar hot water systems. These types of variable models are designed to give students the practical, hands-on experience they will need to be productive in the field.

The customized curriculum was developed in collaboration with Desert Solar, a leading PV system provider located in Apple Valley. While DS Energy is not the scholarship sponsor, Scott Mazolla  Operations Manager of DS Energy was instrumental in building what was to be included in the class. As a potential employer of VVC graduates, he wanted practical elements included in the lesson plans so students could hit the ground running once they graduated. Scott oversees all of the installation projects at Desert Solar, including the ones erected at Apple Valley High School and knows what professional installers need to succeed.

This class is also closely aligned with the job market. Solar PV is the fastest growing sector of the green energy industry and careers are becoming more prevalent. In fact, a job fair featuring some of the biggest names in solar employment will be held once the class is completed. Putting qualified students out in front of employers is what Victor Valley College is all about. Once students have completed their training, they will be able to sit for the NABCEP Certification Exam, an industry recognized credential.

Anyone interested in this highly specialized training should call 760-245-4271 x.2741 to inquire about availability.

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