Considering the broad spectrum of training needs in solar energy, community colleges can play special roles. Community college offerings include the following:
  • Vocational and apprenticeship programs for the construction trades
  • Post-secondary adult vocational (PSAV) certificates
  • Multi-course certificate programs in solar, renewable energy, and related technologies
  • Associate in Applied Science Degree programs
  • Associate in Science Degree programs
  • Associate in Occupational Studies Degree programs
  • Applied Technology Diplomas as part of A.S. or A.A.S. degree programs
  • Associate in Arts Degree programs
  • 2+2 articulation agreements between community colleges and four-year institutions
  • 2+2+2 articulation agreements among high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions
All of the above offerings lend themselves to meeting specific needs of the solar community. Solar education and training is being integrated into well-established programs such as construction technology, industrial technology, and engineering technology. In the future, as solar technology and markets expand, solar content will increasingly be integrated into advanced manufacturing technology, energy and environmental technologies, and electronics, micro, and nanotechnologies.

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