MURRIETA, Calif. — The Veteran Asset (TVA) announced that military veterans who signed up for information from TVA at the Hire America’s Heroes Energy Industry Forum and Job Fair at Camp Pendleton will be offered full scholarships to the PV Design and Installation two-week course in Murrieta, California.
“We decided to kick-start these veterans’ chances of getting jobs as soon as this summer by giving scholarships to those who attended the job fair on base,” said Kelly Smith, TVA president. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this life-changing opportunity to those who served our county, and in turn, offer the country a solid group of solar-ready vets.”
The training consists of practical experience paired with solar photovoltaic coursework in the classroom and hands-on labs, which lead to the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam, proctored by TVA’s training partner, Ambassador Energy. Upon graduation, TVA goes to work placing veterans within the solar industry, with local, regional, and national solar companies.
The two-week, 80-hour program, from Aug. 10 through Aug. 21, is designed specifically for transitioning service members and veterans. Completion of the course qualifies students to take the NABCEP Entry Level Exam, proctored on the final day. Graduates will be able to immediately add the course completion to their resumes, which TVA sends directly to hiring solar companies.
“We become their employment advocate,” said Smith, “and even their coach, as they transition from a military way of life to the civilian workforce. Then we track their progress, so that we can measure and grow the success of the program.”
TVA is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to recruit, train, and place U.S. military veterans into careers in the renewable energy sector. For more information, visit www.theveteranasset.org.
Ambassador Energy is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)-accredited training provider. For more information, visit http://ambassadorenergy.com.
Publication date: 7/6/2015