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New Online Solar Panel Installer Entry Level Course Offered by Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer a completely online entry-level course for those interested in beginning their training as certified photovoltaic solar panel installers beginning February 2012.

The new PV Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) Online course helps individuals from around the country prepare for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam.

The eight-week course includes access to videos of the lab portions of the college's PV-Entry Level course as part of a fully integrated online course led by a NABCEP-certified instructor. Students are guided through 16 separate modules covering all aspects of photovoltaic theory and design as it applies to the NABECP Entry Level exam. Students will receive a certificate of successful completion, which can be presented to NABCEP when applying to take the entry level exam.

The first eight-week section of PV-Entry Level Online begins Feb. 6, 2012 and runs through March 31.

The college's Workforce Development Institute also offers a stackable curriculum of classroom-based solar panel installation courses, including PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) Exam Preparation and PV-Advanced (Photovoltaic-Solar) Electric Systems.

Hudson Valley Community College is a leader in online education and curriculum development. The college, located in Troy, NY, has been offering credit courses online for more than a decade. Currently, the college offers more than 350 courses online.

For more information about this course and other PV installation courses offered by the Workforce Development Institute, call (518) 629-4827 or e-mail

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.