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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Beginning Solar Power Systems Program at Troy Campus, TEC-SMART

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer two entry-level training courses, "PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems," for those interested in learning the basics of electricity for photovoltaic solar power systems.

The 21-hour course offered at the Hudson Valley campus in Troy will begin Jan. 12. An additional course starts Feb. 22 at the TEC-SMART educational facility, which is located at NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) in Malta. The course runs one evening and one weekend morning a week for three weeks. The cost is $350.

Topics will include: 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.

"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 training programs, got 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.