By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– 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.
This class is also closely aligned with the job market. 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 skills360.org for more information.