Mid-Hudson Valley is home to a growing solar industry in New York State. Seeing a need to support businesses serving the industry, the SUNY community colleges here formed the SUNY Clean Energy Technology Training Consortium to bring sustainability and clean energy technology training to the region.
With the support of a grant from NYSERDA, SUNY Ulster created a partnership with SUNY Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan community colleges to deliver a variety of training and industry-standard coursework in the areas of photovoltaic, solar thermal, small wind turbine and geothermal technology; as well as green building, energy efficiency and solar manufacturing. NYSERDA-funding has also allowed the partnership to outfit training facilities with up-to-date laboratories.
The consortium offers a variety of training, education and career information for new workers, workers in transition, small business owners and homeowners in the area. For example, the Stepping Into a Clean Energy Technology Career series offers basic courses in math and electrical theory for students new to the field. Students enrolled in two-year degree programs such as industrial design, pre-engineering and green building can integrate clean energy training into their course load.
Since many students represent small business owners looking to start a clean energy company or expand an existing business, small business counseling from the SUNY Ulster Small Business Development Center has been integrated into program offerings. Even local homeowners interested in sustainable technologies and systems can learn more at Clean Energy Technology Resource Centers on each of the campuses.
INTERESTED IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TRAINING?
Go to www.sustainhv.org or visit a Clean Energy Technology Resource Center located at any of the SUNY Community College campuses in Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Orange and Dutchess counties.