Solar PV Scholarships for U.S. Military Veterans Now More Accessible Through The Veteran Asset’s New Online Training Option

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The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Veteran Asset, in conjunction with Ambassador Energy Solar College, now provides scholarships to qualified United States military veterans for the online 32-hour solar photovoltaic (PV) training course.

The Veteran Asset Graduates

Smiles from the military veteran TVA graduates on the job

TVA’s entire mission is getting these great folks to work

Ambassador Energy is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) accredited trainer and the education partner for The Veteran Asset (TVA). Since May 2014, the team has been providing solar PV training to United States military veterans at no cost. With the success of the program and high employment placement rates, the decision to roll out the online course was made.

Currently, the 32-hour course, entitled Entry Level Solar PV Design and Installation is offered in three ways:

  •     ‘BRICK AND MORTAR’ CLASSROOM TRAINING

Facilitated at Ambassador Energy’s training center in Murrieta, California, veteran students attend a five-day course, followed by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam on the fifth day.

  •     CUSTOM TRAINING FOR COMPANIES

This customized program allows renewable energy companies to take advantage of TVA’s specialized vetting process and the 32-hour curriculum, with the goal of hiring the veteran graduates. The custom courses are dynamic, providing flexibility for co-branding, training on specific equipment and adding segments crafted specifically to the company, its technologies and the geographies it serves.

  •     ONLINE TRAINING

Now being offer to qualifying veterans at no cost is the web-based version of the 32-hour course, providing veterans across the globe access to solar training, leading to the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and potential placement in the renewable energy sector.

“The online option not only provides TVA data for determining the next locations for our ‘Brick and Mortar’ training centers,” said Kelly Smith, TVA vice president, “but it is also a scalable way for us to cast a wide net, helping us reach as many veterans as possible during this solar ‘gold rush’. We are using technology to help bridge the gap between the desirable supply of a trained veteran workforce and the growing demand from the renewable energy industry. TVA’s entire mission is getting these great folks to work.”

Even with the online component, The Veteran Asset continues to hand-select recipients of the scholarships, recognizing that the success and longevity of the TVA program hinges on training veterans with the highest propensity for placement. A TVA career-military officer qualifies the veterans, based on a matrix including, but not limited to, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), fitness, soft skills and attitude.

Interested candidates, employers and donors should visit The Veteran Asset’s website.

About The Veteran Asset (TVA)
TVA is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, whose mission is helping U.S. military veterans (Active/Guard & Reserve), obtain careers in the renewable energy sector. TVA recruits, facilitates accredited solar PV training and provides placement services - at no cost to the veteran.

About Ambassador Energy (AE)                                                            
AE is comprised of Ambassador Energy College Solar Training, the Ambassador Energy Agency Program and the installation arms, Ambassador Energy and Ambassador Solar. On staff are NABCEP Certified PV Installers, NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales professionals [Fulgham/Kelso] and multiple NABCEP EL graduates. AE holds California licenses General Contractor B, C10 Electrician and C46 Renewable Energy. Ambassador Energy is IREC accredited. AE Agencies are nationwide. Ambassador Energy installs residential and commercial PV systems throughout California and the US.

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