Victor Valley College Launches Solar PV Tech Training

Customized Curriculum Developed with Local PV Business

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)-—the local community college continues to stay on the leading edge of education by offering a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Tech training class on March 25th. While there are other solar tech classes on the market, none of them are as comprehensive as the one at VVC. A lot of other classes run between 40 and 60 hours and are little more than test prep sessions. This one is different… a lot different!

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. These types of variable models are designed to give students the practical, hands-on experience they will need to be productive in the field. In addition to the outside lab work, student will get plenty of theory as well as experience in system design using AutoCAD.

The customized curriculum was also formulated with Desert Solar, a leading PV system provider located in Apple Valley. Scott Mazolla, Operations Manager of DS Energy was instrumental in building what was to be included in the class. 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 Entry Level NABCEP Exam, an industry recognized credential.

Anyone interested in this highly specialized training should attend the FREE Orientation on March 4th at 6pm in the Upper Campus Student Activities Center (SAC) or call Julie at 760-245-4271 x.2628.

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