renewable workforce development
Houston college system adds solar installation program for student-led action on renewables
Houston college students students are helping to address the ever-developing needs for renewable energy with the college’s latest solar installation program.
Houston Community College's Solar Energy Technology Photovoltaic and Thermal certificate programs will require students to complete six classes that amount to 18 college credit hours.
The new initiative will provide students with a Level I certificate through HCC’s Electrical Technology program at the HCC Architectural Design and Construction Center of Excellence. Afterwards, they can test to earn industry credentials like the North American Board of Certified Energy Providers photovoltaic associate certification. Students can also study solar systems design, solar inspection, solar sales, or explore engineering degrees post-HCC.
“This board certification is a powerful endorsement of our solar certificate and our professionalism,” Kris Asper, dean of the Center of Excellence, says in a news release. “We are excited that our certificate has been thoroughly reviewed and now has this important distinction. It means we are teaching the best to our solar PV students.”
The demand for solar photovoltaic installers is expected to increase almost 30 percent by 2031 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The need within the solar energy sector is growing exponentially,” said HCC Central College President Dr. Muddassir Siddiqi in a news release. “Community colleges like HCC play a crucial part in opening up this sector to new workers, including students who have been historically underserved by our national energy policies.”