What is Skills 360?

What is Skills 360?

At Skills 360, we contract with local businesses in order to provide workforce training programs to employees to help develop their skills and provide them higher education opportunities to help them succeed in the industry. Each training program is custom designed to fit your needs as a business, and we cater the programs specifically to your needs. Whether you are a large corporation in the High Desert area, or you run a small business in Victorville, we can create an online training program for you. The professionals at Skills 360 can help you create a workforce training program in one of the following areas: information systems, electronics, business, engineering, computer technology, manufacturing, public safety, health care or construction.

In order to set up your contract education program, we will begin with a consultation session, to help give you a better understanding of the programs that we provide for our clients. Our approach is highly specialized as we know how to, quickly and efficiently, identify your needs as a business. In addition to setting up goals and identifying challenges that your company faces, we will also use data analysis to get a better understanding of your needs. However, the only way that this program works is through your input. We want to make sure we are developing a program that works for you, so it’s essential to stay involved and offer feedback. This is considered a collaborative consultation.

After your consultation appointment is complete, we will get to work developing a curriculum that works for you and your employees. We recognize that every organization is different and has unique goals for its employees, so it only seems fitting that every workforce training program is tailored to the needs of that individual organization. We feel this is the best way for your employees to be successful and for you to see results in the end.

We don’t just hand you the curriculum program and walk away though. When you work with our Contract Education department, we see you through until the very end. After your employees have completed the program, we will help you measure your results and subsequently analyze them.

Through our Contract Education program at Skills 360, we want to help boost the economy in the High Desert area, from Victorville to Hesperia. Our customized training programs and online courses are designed to be beneficial for everyone involved. The goal is not only to help the administrators at the business, but also provide employees with new and useful skills that they can use in their careers. This unique program is available to businesses of all different shapes and sizes, and the fact that each workforce training program is customizable means that it can be built to suit your specific needs.

Victor Valley College Reduces Tuition on Solar Tech Training

Comprehensive Alternative Energy Training goes from $3,500 to $1,000

Victorville, CA—As a result of the Southern California Edison Scholarships, Victor Valley College (VVC) has drastically reduced tuition on their new Solar Thermal Technician training class. The tuition for the comprehensive twelve week course now costs $1,000 per student, down from $3,500 per student initially proposed.

SCE—through the California Solar Initiative program—has agreed to provide scholarship opportunities to help create green jobs and train the next generation of solar electric and solar water heating installers.

“We need to get this training out to as many students as possible and the new $1,000 tuition will go a long way towards filling the class” says Solar Instructor and VVC Construction Tech Department Chair Anthony Bonato. “The push is on from the business community for trained installers.”

VVC is holding a free orientation on Monday July 22nd from 6-8pm in the Student Activities Center (SAC) located on the upper campus to discuss class details and tuition payment plans.

The customized curriculum was developed in conjunction with Desert Solar (DS), a solar system provider in the High Desert. In fact, DS Operations Manager Scott Mazolla says the need is greater now than ever for highly skilled solar technicians. This urgency is driven by an increase in systems sales by companies such as the Apple Valley based DS Energy, a local company that has expressed interest in employing VVC Solar Thermal graduates.

Solar is the fastest-growing sector of the renewable energy industry and green careers are becoming more prevalent. In order to define career pathways, VVC has scheduled a job fair featuring some of the biggest names in solar employment once the class is completed. Once students have completed the VVC training they should be well prepared to take the NABCEP Entry-Level Exam, an industry recognized credential.

Those interested in learning more about this class should attend the free orientation on July 22nd from 6-8pm in the SAC. Prospective students can also call 760-245-4271 ext.2741 or visit www.skills360.org  for more information.



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.

Benefits of Skills-Based Training

While the idea of skills based training within your organization is tossed around, you may not realize all of the benefits of these workforce training opportunities. At Skills 360, we have spent years perfecting our technique for developing training programs for businesses in Apple Valley and the rest of the High Desert area. These are just a few ways that our clients benefit, both in the short term and the long term.


Benefits of Skills Based Training

These programs will help you increase employee productivity. Ultimately, you are providing your employees with a way to learn new programs and resources available to them in order to help them increase their efficiency. The goal is to get the job done quicker and better than it was done previously. For instance, if you run an engineering firm you could provide training opportunities for new software programs that can help them complete their jobs faster, providing employees with more time in their day to get to more important tasks.

The programs will excite your employees, provide them with new skills for their resume and ultimately improve morale within the work place. Today’s employees know that they can never become complacent and that they must continue to improve their skill set in order to survive in the 21st century economy. When you invest in your employees, they will take notice. They will recognize that they work for a company that values them and will be excited to come to work each day.

They provide you with an opportunity to train your employees for higher-level positions within the company. This allows you to promote from within your company, rather than seeking a candidate from another organization. People want to work in a place where they can grow and develop, and ultimately advance within the company. By training your employees to be future leaders of the company, you benefit from having administrators who have a well-rounded knowledge of the organization. At the same time, your employees will be glad to work at a company that puts an emphasis on promoting from within the company.

These programs will help you decrease your employee turnover rate. Skills based training programs help you develop employees that understand your needs as a business. They will feel that you invest in them, and they will know there are advancement opportunities available because of their new skills. With this in mind, employees will have more loyalty and have less desire to find employment elsewhere.

Skills 360 workforce training programs  are extremely valuable for everyone in the organization and most beneficial to you as a company leader. Yes, you will reap the benefits of an empowered workforce that is excited to come to the job each day, but your employees will be thrilled that they have new skills to add to their resumes. Employees notice and recognize when their company invests  time and resources, necessary, to help them develop their skills. Skills based training programs allow you the flexibility to incorporate these training sessions when you can in a way that is easy for everyone to use.

What is Skills-Based Training?

The fact of the matter is skills based training can be whatever you want it or need it to be for your specific industry. At Skills 360, we provide workforce training opportunities for both large and small companies in the High Desert area. So if, you are located in Apple Valley and want to provide your employees with an opportunity to develop a new skill, then we are the perfect solution. We will create a customized skills based training experience designed to fit your needs as an employer but also help develop your employees. In the global economy of today, every employee needs to have a wide variety of skills, and they can never become complacent. Everyone should place importance on learning new skills and applying them to their craft.

Soft Skills Training

At Skills 360, we recognize that some businesses have the need for soft skills training. Soft skills are designed to help employees work and manage the business world and its multiple relationships with ease. The following are a few examples of soft skills that most businesses have needed:

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Communications
  • Business Writing
  • Business Etiquette
  • Conflict Management
  • E-mail Etiquette
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Skills
  • Presentation
  • Time Management


If your business is set in the office environment, chances are your employees have at one time or another developed a need for these skill sets. In the ever-changing technological environment we work in today, it can be crucial to hone these skills and address these topics on a regular basis. To find out more about our soft skills based training programs, contact us today to set up a consultation. We will be happy to work with you, to develop a course that meets your needs as a business and helps you train your employees for the future.

Hard Skills Training

If you are hoping to provide your employees with hard skills to help them develop their craft within the business, then we have plenty of training opportunities available for you. Our highly-skilled professional course developers have hands-on training in their fields, but they also have the expertise required to develop an effective course. Our workforce training programs are designed to be relevant to the industry while at the same time customized for your needs as a business. We offer hard skills based training in the following areas:

  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Solar & Sustainable Technologies
  • Public Safety Business & Information Systems
  • Computers & Electronics

In addition to providing you with valuable workforce training coursework in these areas, we also provide you with certification programs for your employees. For instance, if you want your employees to receive a certification in solar & sustainable technologies to help give your company the competitive advantage, we can create a course that allows them to receive this certification from an accredited organization. At Skills 360, we will help you identify your goals as a business as well as challenges that you will need to overcome to get there. At the same time, we value your input and want to create a customized program that is perfect for your business needs.