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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. There are ten military bases offering the training program across the country. The program here at Fort Drum started in January 2016 with 108 soldiers being trained through five classes in 2016. The first class in 2017 will begin March 6th.

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 2014, the solar industry is adding jobs at a rate of more than 20 times faster than the overall economy. Solar employment in New York State grew more than 40 percent in 2014, adding nearly 2,100 jobs. There currently are 359 solar companies in New York State, employing more than 7,000 New Yorkers.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, "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."

Upcoming training sessions include:

                                                                            Application Deadline

  • March 6 - April 11                                               -December 6, 2016
  • May 8 - June 13                                                   -March 27, 2017
  • July 10 - August 15                                              -May 29, 2017
  • September 11 - October 17                                 -July 31, 2017

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Click here for a Solar Ready Vets brochure.

Click here for Solar Ready Vets Solar Training Program Application. Please complete and return to Fort Drum SFL-TAP Office.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, (315) 379-3869 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


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

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