Merced College to host free solar energy and related technologies workshop April 30

Merced College invited schools and colleges interested in starting programs in solar energy, weatherization, energy efficiency and related technologies to a free half-day workshop at the college April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The college, in collaboration with Hands On Solar, Inc., the National Science Foundation ATE Regional Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is sponsoring the workshop under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy. The workshop also applies to colleges and schools that wish to improve their existing green programs, the college said in a news release.

"The IREC is committed to training that is based on industry-set learning objectives and standards," said James Andersen, dean of Instruction. Andersen noted that the workshop will include information on the newly updated entry level exam program offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

Among the many topics the workshop will focus on: curriculum development, instructional resources, finding qualified instructors, setting up an appropriate learning environment, establishing a job placement network and more.Participation is free, and a continental breakfast will be provided. To reserve a workshop spot, RSVP to Karen Wallace at (209) 384-6250.