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Solar Ready Vets

Solar Ready Vets Training at Fort Drum

SUNY Canton CREST is offering the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Ready Vets training program at Fort Drum, which will provide military personnel with technical skills to obtain jobs in the growing solar industry after they transition from active service. This program is open to veterans as well. The program here at Fort Drum started in January 2016 with 108 soldiers being trained through five classes in 2016. The first class in 2019 will begin February 25.

The Fort Drum program was created through collaboration among the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, U.S. Department of Energy, Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. Instructors from SUNY Canton teach a five-week program focusing on technical training in solar skills, including hands-on labs. In addition, the program facilitates job placement with solar PV companies across the country for the trained transitioning military personnel. Nearly 3,600 service members transition from Fort Drum each year, and this program is available to assist them in their transition to civilian life.

According to the Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2017, the solar industry is still adding jobs in states such as: New York, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey, Colorado, and others. Consider joining this exciting career.

The Solar Ready Vets program is a perfect extension of what SUNY Canton does best. Through this program, we actively continue our commitment to veterans and their families in addition to focusing on environmental sustainability and renewable energy technologies. Most importantly, it demonstrates our commitment to providing career ready training in our academic programs and through our Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. We thank Governor Cuomo, the U.S. Department of Energy, CREST Center staff and all parties involved for implementing this important program.

- President Zvi Szafran

Upcoming 2019 Training Sessions

Training Session Application Deadline
February 25 - March 30 January 25, 2019
May 13 - June 14 April 12, 2019
July 29 - August 30 June 28, 2019
September 23 - October 25 August 23, 2019

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, (315) 386-7197 or crest@canton.edu. For eligibility information or to apply, please contact Melanie Telego, Career Skills Program Installation Administrator - (315) 772-1022 or melanie.a.telego2.ctr@mail.mil

Art Garno
Director CREST
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

Phone: 315-386-7197
Fax: 315-386-7640