Alamo Colleges' Solar Ready Program Trains Transitioning Military For Civilian Jobs
At a graduation ceremony today, five active duty military service members who are transitioning to the civilian workforce were awarded certificates for completing the Alamo Colleges’ Solar Ready Vets pilot program, a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and the U.S. Department of Education. The graduates received training in solar photovoltaics and grid-interactive installation and are now qualified to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) associate exam and to apply for apprentice licenses. Four of the graduates also completed 30 hours of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) training.
The graduates are currently interviewing with local companies for employment. Jobs in the solar energy field pay from $14 to $17 per hour at the entry level and up to the high $20’s annually with experience. Instruction for the students was provided by Alamo Colleges – St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus instructor Daniel Sherry. Students for the program are recruited through Joint Base San Antonio.
“We are proud to be a part of this effort to enable those who have served in our military to acquire the skills they need to be successful in civilian life,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “The success of programs such as this strengthen the Alamo Colleges’ position as the leading educational institution preparing the workforce needed to keep local employers competitive and the local economy strong,” he added.
At the Alamo Colleges, high quality education and low costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, visit our website at alamo.edu.