This August, graduates from the Solar Design, Estimation, and Sales class at Skyline College completed a solar installation with GRID Alternatives. After their extensive classroom course, the 21 Skyline students were excited to put their skills to use on the roof. With their help, GRID Alternatives installed a 4.2 kilowatt system for a low-income family in Richmond, helping them save almost $40,000 in energy cost savings over the lifetime of the system.
Skyline College is one of thirty Job Training Organizations GRID partners with throughout the state, helping provide hands-on solar installation experience to increase their employment opportunities. In fact, according to a study by the California Community Colleges Centers of Excellence, four out of five solar companies have difficulty finding employees with prior hands on experience.
Following the install, Project Director at Skyline, Rita Gulli, shared that, The experience was a stepping stone for many of the students in the class and relevant experience to note on their resumes.
Here at GRID, we love to celebrate our partnerships with job training organizations as we work together to provide needed experience to solar job seekers, and bring the benefits of solar technology to communities in need!