The two-week August 2015 solar course was offered as a one-time scholarship for the first 16 students, who applied and qualified with their military DD215. Within a week of the offer being made public, the course has been filled and a wait list begun.
Murrieta, CA July 29, 2015
"We decided that now is a pivotal time for Ambassador Energy to show its patriotism and commitment to training military service members and veterans," said Steve Fulgham, CEO of Ambassador Energy. "AE has been training solar professionals for many years and is in an optimal position to fill the growing needs of the US military by training folks coming out of service. These candidates have a high propensity for success in the solar workforce, so we want to help get them trained as quickly and efficiently as possible. That's what this August fully-scholarshipped class is all about. Jobs are awaiting these great folks."
Fulgham continued, "The U.S. government, in recent months, has stated some ambitious intentions for getting transitioning service members trained and employed, and we are eager to help. By teaming with The Veteran Asset, who initially exposes them to the opportunities of the solar industry and then places them in jobs through TVA's employer network, we think we are hitting on all cylinders to help this transitioning group of highly employable people."
The strict curriculum of August's class consists of classroom coursework, 100's of quiz questions, break-out sessions, and hands-on labs, whereby students build an actual operating solar system. All of this leads to the graduates taking the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam, proctored on the tenth day.
Upon graduation, TVA goes to work assisting the veterans in finding job placement with local, regional and national solar companies and tracking their progress. TVA's mission includes collecting and measuring data for this newly emerging population of employees, who served in the U.S. military and are now seeking employment.
Entry Level PV Design & Installation 10-Day Solar Training Course
In this solar training course, students learn how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems operate, as well as, basic system design and safety practices. The course covers basic electrical terminology, PV system components, solar fundamentals, sun path, basic system design, string sizing, site evaluation, shade analysis, system sizing, overcurrent protection basics, grounding basics, electrical and mechanical design considerations and OSHA safety standards.
This Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) accredited course includes live instruction, lesson reviews, multiple quizzes with over 200 practice questions, and a hands-on lab, whereby students install a complete, operating solar PV system.
About Ambassador Energy (AE)
IREC-accredited training provider with staff certified as NABCEP PV Installers and NABCEP PV Technical Sales.* CSLB #928112: General Contractor B, C10 Electrician and C46 Renewable Energy, providing design and installation of solar PV and solar training throughout the U.S. *fulgham/kelso
About The Veteran Asset (TVA)
Tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, whose mission is to recruit, train and place U.S. military veterans into meaningful careers within the renewable energy sector.