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HVCC's Workforce Development Institute Offers PV - Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems Course in Malta and Troy

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer two separate 21-hour "PV Basics" courses for those interested in learning more about the electrical components that drive photovoltaic solar panel systems.

The course will be offered beginning Sept. 14 at the college's TEC SMART education center in Malta, and beginning Oct. 5 at the college's Troy campus.

The course is designed for those who have little knowledge about electrical systems and will cover: basic electrical theory, electrical measurements, electrical devices, electrical wiring and solar panels.

This is the first course in the Workforce Development Institute's Photovoltaic Systems Certificate program. Students who successfully complete PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems, PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power), and PV-Advanced (Photovoltaic-Solar) Electric Systems, and who pass the NABCEP Entry-Level Exam, are eligible for the certificate.

Students entering the course must have a high school diploma or GED. Some tools and the course textbook are required. The cost is $350.

To register, or for more information about this or any other Workforce Development course, contact the Workforce Development Institute at (518) 629-4325, or visit

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.