Tuesday, April 14, 2015 / 1:00-2:00 PM CDT
Key to the solar industry’s continued growth is the next generation of skilled professionals to support its technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a pilot solar installation training program to provide military veterans transitioning out of active duty with the skills needed to become the leaders of the nation’s clean energy economy. The Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) is playing an active advisory role in the development of the pilot project. According to the White House, the SITN aims to train 50,000 new solar installers in total by 2020, some of who will be veterans. Since 1944, millions of veterans have used GI Bill education benefits to attend colleges, universities and other kinds of training programs.
In this webinar, the Department of Veterans Affairs will present how institutions and programs can secure VA approval so that veterans can use the GI Bill education benefits for solar workforce skills training.
The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. This webinar will be recorded and archived on the IREC website. See also: SolarCity and Employment Opportunities for the Solar Workforce – free webinar.
Mark A Brenton, Management & Program Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs, Education Service
Mark has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs for eight years. He is currently a Management & Program Analyst on Central Office’s Contract Management Team. Previously, Mark was the Education Liaison Representative (ELR) for Virginia before becoming the Supervisory ELR for the Buffalo Regional Processing Office. Mark recently retired from the USAF Reserve after 21 years of service both Active Duty and the Reserve Component. Mark is a graduate of the University of Dayton. He currently resides in Virginia with his family.
About the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN)
The Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN) supports the professional development of instructors who train the nation’s solar workforce on photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) installations. The Network consists of a National Administrator and nine Regional Training Providers who will collaborate to develop model curricula and train local instructors. The network was developed to address a critical need for consistent, high-quality solar installation training across the nation and was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for five years. It will provide community colleges, trade unions and other groups with high-quality training models and instructional support, in an effort to expand the nation’s trained solar workforce and ensure a high standard for all solar installations. www.sitnusa.org
About Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
IREC believes clean energy is critical to achieving a sustainable and economically strong future. To pave this clean energy path, IREC works to expand consumer access to clean energy; generates information and objective analysis grounded in best practices and standards; and leads programs to build a quality clean energy workforce, including a unique credentialing program for training programs and instructors. A not-for-profit organization since 1982, IREC’s programs and policies have benefitted energy consumers, policymakers, utilities and the clean energy industry. As of July 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer. For more information, visit http://www.irecusa.org