Attending a world-renowned research university, UCLA, has pushed Nicole Vences to continue to challenge herself. Post graduation she followed her passion of working in the educational realm. As an AVID tutor and afterschool instructor Nicole learned the work needed to mold and motivate young minds. Although she loved working with children, she felt that there is little room for growth without a master’s degree in education. Not ready to commit to a huge educational and financial commitment, Nicole decided it was time to explore other interests such as the nonprofit sector.

Solar Works DC is a solar installation and job training program led by GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, in Washington, DC. The program provides no cost solar to low-income communities and offers community members the solar installation training and hands on experience needed to pursue careers in the industry. Devonta Sanders was a participant in the first Solar Works DC cohort and now works as a Construction Fellow for GRID Alternatives. Hear him reflect on his journey into the solar industry.
This past week, Kaly Moore and Serena Bruce celebrated their fifth and sixth anniversaries at GRID. Both women superstars started out as Construction SolarCorps Fellows in the Central Coast California office, and now, both are managers in the GRID Mid-Atlantic office. They reflect on how far they have come since starting at GRID – and give some advice to the incoming SolarCorps Fellows.