U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Gains Useful Skills at GRID


November 21, 2018

When Isaiah Pak completed his eight years of service in the United States Marine Corps, he never imagined his service to his country would lead him down the path to assisting underserved communities through GRID. However, after being honorably discharged an opportunity presented itself that he could not pass up.

Isaiah first learned about GRID through a military buddy while deployed in Kuwait and Iraq. He was unsure about a career path and his friend encouraged him to contact GRID, so he did. “I have learned so much in a very short time and my goal is to learn as much as I can,” said Isaiah. He admitted that he did not even know how to use tools such as socket drills and impact drivers prior to his internship with GRID. Now, not only has he master these skills, but also getting on the roof participating in installs has helped him to overcome his fear of heights. “Everyone at GRID is really nice and has been very patient,” he said. “I trusted the equipment and my team, which helped me to overcome these challenges.”

GRID Alternatives’ Troops to Solar Program is an initiative supported by Wells Fargo that provides applicable solar job training skills that helps pave the way to solar careers for veterans.

Isaiah comes from a close-knit family and is a ‘PK’ (or preacher’s kid) because his dad is an ordained minister who does missionary work. He has three younger brothers and in his spare time enjoys hiking, football and soccer. Although he is still not sure what career he will pursue after his 13-week internship, his time with GRID has helped him to understand the impact solar has on the future and the environment.