In January 2012, the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Workforce Training Center was awarded the Solar Center of Excellence Grant. The Solar Center of Excellence was established through the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution’s State Energy Sector Partnership, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor. The goal is to establish a statewide, systematic approach to worker training in renewable energy occupations.
CNM will accomplish this goal by training in our Photovoltaic Academy, PV Maintenance and Monitoring, Solar Thermal Academy, Advanced Photovoltaic, and other courses. Specifically, CNM will train over 125 individuals this year, most of which are unemployed or currently working in the solar industry but are in need of updated training.
As of June 5, 2012, 67 participants have been trained through the Solar Center of Excellence in the Photovoltaic Academy, a 50 hour course approved by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), 48 of these participants are unemployed and looking for work in green industries.
All of this training took place in Albuquerque, however, CNM is partnering with colleges around the state to deliver this training at Santa Fe Community College, DoñaAna Community College, and San Juan Community College this summer and next fall. Additionally, CNM will begin training in Solar Thermal in Albuquerque and in Santa Fe later this summer.
If you are a business who is interested in hiring someone who is trained to work in the solar industry, please visit our FAQs page here, or call Stephanie Britton at 505-224-5271.
Read the full newsletter: Green Workforce Outreach – June 2012