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  Solar Training at Gateway Comm. College
Gateway Community College
North Haven, CT

Fall 2009 Solar Courses

Solar Energy Systems (Late start classes beginning 9/22)

Solar PV Systems 1 (9/22)

CRN 4121 EVS* I198 Burrington 3.5 credits

Tuesday: 7:00 – 9:05 pm Friday: 1 – 4:25 pm INH 105

Solar Thermal Systems 1 (9/25)

CRN 4122 EVS* I198 Burrington 3.5 credits

Friday: 9:00 – 11:05 am Saturday: 9 am – 12:25 pm INH 105

Course Description:

Knowledge and skills required to work with equipment systems, tools, equipment, and materials used in common solar energy work applications will be taught to impart an operational understanding of photovoltaic (solar electric), solar thermal (water/air, heating/effects of wind), and passive solar equipment installations. These courses generally follows the content and skill recommendations promoted by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) that includes: safety basics, solar energy fundamentals, site analysis, market applications, system component sizing and pricing, mechanical and electrical design adaptations, installation techniques, performance analysis and troubleshooting. Gateway Community College has pioneered in offering NABCEP affiliated training in CT in four continuing education programs totaling 78 student completers. In June of 2009, we served as the site of the first NABCEP Certificate of Knowledge Exam to be administered in CT. Fifteen of eighteen CT residents who took the exam passed it, reflecting their basic knowledge of solar photovoltaic installation.

Each of these new courses will combine lecture with hands-on lab learning, follow the content and skill recommendations of national professional and industrial organizations, contextualize the learning of academic skills within the occupational instruction, and prepare students for work within the State of Connecticut. These solar courses are part of a new certificate program if you would like to continue your education further.

For complete program information please visit: http://www.gwcc.commnet.edu/uploadedFiles/Corporate_and_Continuing_Education/CSF Credit Course Fall 09 Schedule.pdf

Gateway Community College is developing credit certificate programs in green job skills, several of which are supported by the Connecticut Community College’s SOAR Energy Initiative (Sustainable Operations: Alternative and Renewable) through a US Department of Labor Community-Based Job Training Grant. These include the Alternative Energy Transportation, Solar Energy Technologies, and Clean Water Operator Certificate Programs. In addition, we are developing a certificate program in Building Performance. The first courses in Alternative Energy Transportation, Solar Energy Technologies, and Building Performance appear in the fall 2009 course schedule. We expect to offer courses in Clean Water Operations in the spring 2010 course schedule.

Through the initiative of the Center for a Sustainable Future, Gateway Community College has established robust education and training programs that are preparing the in-state green workforce of the future. The Center is committed to taking an integral role in the sustainable economic development of the State of Connecticut, facilitating the transition to renewable energy resources, sustainable building development, energy efficiency programs, alternative transportation technologies, water management, and numerous other sustainable initiatives.

How to Register for CCE Courses

Please Note: Students taking classes offered through Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) are not required to formally apply for admission to the college.

You can register online at: http://www.gwcc.commnet.edu/contact.aspx?id=940

For more information on these courses and the certificate programs contact:

Ms. Wanda Edwards

Administrative Assistant to:

Dr. David N. Cooper

Dean of the Division of Corporate and Continuing Education

Gateway Community College

88 Bassett Road

North Haven, CT 06473

(203) 285-2426