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SUNY Canton Brings Solar Ready Vets Program to the Capital District

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

SUNY Canton is expanding one of its premiere workforce development initiatives to help veterans and retiring soldiers in the greater Albany area.

The college’s Solar Ready Vets program will run from June 25 to July 27 through a collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART extension campus in Malta, Saratoga County. The deadline for application will be May 25.

Solar Ready Vets - students install solar panels on a practice roof.

The five-week course is offered through SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. Classes focus on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. In addition, the program will facilitate job placement with New York-based and national solar companies.

“We’ve had great success offering Solar Ready Vets locally through a partnership with Fort Drum,” noted Arthur S. Garno, CREST director. “Now our master instructors will be expanding this valuable training to veterans in other regions. There are careers ready for our graduates.”

The course is reserved for veterans or retiring military personnel. Attendants can use their GI Bill benefits to cover the $2,850 course fee. Prerequisites for the course include a high school diploma or equivalent, a completed application and a working resume.

The college first began offering this program with the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in 2016. The most recent class of veterans helped bring solar power to the newly-renovated community fountain in Norwood.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, 315-386-7229, or email crest@canton.edu. For GI Bill funding, contact Patrick S. Massaro, director of military & veterans student services, 315-386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Trains Fourth Solar Ready Vets Class

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Twenty-three Army personnel stationed at Fort Drum graduated from the fourth U.S. Department of Energy’s national Solar Ready Vets training program Aug. 30.

Since the program began in January, 83 students have successfully completed the five-week course, which is taught by SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. The program aims to offer hands-on training to military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian professions.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Graduates have a 20-percentage point higher pass rate on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic entry-level exam, compared to the national average. Veterans are now working in the field as installers, sales representative and project managers for national and regional companies such as Solar City, SunPower, High Peaks Solar and Level Solar.

“Solar Ready Vets has opened a career opportunity that I had no prior knowledge of,” said Army veteran and program graduate William Harvey. “The excellent education I received from SUNY Canton’s instructors led to several employment offers in different areas of the solar field.”

The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first five cohorts. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in the first five classes.

The Solar Ready Vets program is nationally administered by the Solar Foundation. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu/crest, www.solarreadyveterans.org or contact Kevin McAdoo, Solar Ready Vets program coordinator, at mcado101@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.