Victor Valley College Launches Solar Thermal & PV Tech Training

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– Victor Valley College (VVC) continues to stay on the leading edge of education by offering a Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Tech training class on August 8 with the help of Southern California Edison (SCE).

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.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to get a top-notch renewable energy education at an affordable price,” says Anthony Bonato, Construction Technology Department Chair at the college. “Southern California Edison is very involved in our local education initiatives. They were fantastic throughout this whole process and these scholarship opportunities will help a lot of High Desert students get the training they need.”

While there are other solar installer classes available, none of them are as comprehensive as the one at VVC. For starters, this class covers 12 weeks of intensive training—including lab work, theory and hands-on experience— and features four separate types of installation models: an S-tile roof, a shingle roof, a flat roof and a ground-mounted system as well as a solar thermal component in which students will learn how to install and troubleshoot solar water heating systems. This training is designed to give students the practical, hands-on experience they will need to be productive in the field.

The customized curriculum was developed in conjunction with Desert Solar (DS), a solar system provider in Apple Valley. DS Operations Manager Scott Mazolla, who oversees installations for DS (including those at Apple Valley High School) and knows what professional installers need to succeed,  was instrumental in building the curriculum, wanting practical elements included in the lesson plans so students are able to hit the ground running once they graduate.

Solar is the fastest-growing sector of the renewable energy industry and green careers are becoming more prevalent. In fact, 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 Certification Exam, an industry recognized credential.

Those interested in this highly specialized training should call 760-245-4271, ext. 2741 to inquire about availability.

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