Office of Continuing Education & Training Completes Introduction to Photovoltaics Course

The first Introduction to Photovoltaics Course (Intro to PV) through the Hawaii Community College, Office of Continuing Education and Training came to a close on August 6, 2011. The students attended a rigorous 40-hour course over five Saturdays from July 9th though August 6th at Kealakehe High School. Intro to PV is designed for individuals wanting to enter the solar field. After successful course completion students are eligible to test for the, nationally recognized, NABCEP Entry Level Certification.  This certification is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of PV Systems. This course offering will be ongoing and the next Intro to PV is tentatively scheduled to begin on October 8, 2011 at the HawCC Manono Campus.

Intro to PV was made possible through the efforts and cooperation of many programs and individuals. The Pacific Center for Applied Technology Training (PCATT) ay Honolulu Community College provided instructor training and equipment for the course. Wilton Watanabe from Apprenticeship and Rex Ribao from the Construction Academy along with their students built Photovoltaic mock-up structures at Kealakehe High School and HawCC Manono Campus. Principal Wilfred Murakami allowed a PV mock-up structure to be located at Kealakehe High School. EIMT Instructor, Renee Dela Cruz, built a mounting platform for the PV panels. UH Center at West Hawaii will allow OCET to conduct the NABCEP Exam at their facility to serve the students from West Hawaii. The State Energy Sector Partnership grant funded tuition for many students through the Department of Labor, Workforce Development Division and HawCC. OCET would like to extend a big MAHALO to everyone involved!

For information regarding this or other green course offerings contact:

Tony Kent

Office of Continuing Education and Training, Rural Development Project

974-7531

Akent47@hawaii.edu

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