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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Beginning Solar Power Systems Program at Capital Region BOCES

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute, in collaboration with Capital Region BOCES, will offer an entry-level training course, "PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems," for those interested in learning the basics of electricity for photovoltaic (solar power) systems, beginning Aug. 2.

The course will be held at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School, 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Rd.

The 21-hour course will cover basic electric theory, electrical measurements, electrical devices, electrical wiring and solar panels, as well as the skills and preparation for employment in the sustainable energy industry.

The course runs Monday through Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. until Aug. 13, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. The cost is $350. A high school diploma or GED is required to register for the course.

"PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems" is the first of three credit-free PV courses offered by the Workforce Development Institute. Following this course, students who also successfully complete the "PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power)" course and the "PV-Advanced (Solar) Electric Systems" course will earn the Workforce Development Photovoltaic Systems Certificate. For more information about these courses and other Workforce Development training programs, go to or call (518) 629-4235.

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.