Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to meet any requirements to start taking courses in the program?

Yes. You must have a minimum high school or college cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have completed an interview with the program coordinator. Being accepted into the college is not the same as acceptance into the program.

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How does the Certificate program differ from the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree?

Both share the same core courses and renewable energy content. The Certificate is intended for students that already have a degree or currently work in a related industry. The AAS degree has general education courses added to the core content of the Certificate. Both are equally valued by industry.

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When can I start?

You must be accepted into the program to take the core (RENG) classes. If you are attending the Certificate it is recommended that you start in the Spring semester. If you are pursuing the AAS (two-year) degree, you can start at the beginning of any semester, but preferably in the Fall semester. Taking, or transferring in, general education courses that apply to the degree does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

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What does it cost to attend your program? Are there any additional fees?

The tuition with fees is $124 per credit hour for out-of-state students and $52 per credit hour for in-state students. Also you are required to have your own tools for the PV Installation and the NEC I & II courses. The cost for the AAS degree is around $9500 for out-of-state students and $5000 for in-state students. The cost for the Certificate is around $7500 for out-of-state students and $3900 for in-state students.

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Do you offer on-line courses or short courses in renewable energy?

No. Learning about renewable-energy is best done in a traditional classroom & hands-on setting. This is especially true when it comes to learning how to physically build working circuits and photovoltaic systems, which is done in two of our courses: PV Installation and the NEC I & II. At present, we offer only semester long courses; this allows you to learn in more depth than would be possible in a short course format and allows you to be more successful in the industry.

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Do you need to have any prior hands-on experience, such as in the building trades or electrical experience?

Prior knowledge or experience in electricity, wiring, or construction isn't required. We teach those skills as part of the PV Installation and the NEC I & II courses.

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Do you have a job placement service for graduates?

Although the college doesn't have a formal placement service we do assist graduates and alumni of the program in obtaining work. Since our program is highly valued in the industry we are contacted by employers looking for graduates. We pass these job prospects on to both past and present students. A few employers visit the campus each year.

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What kind of work can I expect to do after completing your program?

We prepare you for working successfully in the renewable energy industry. Most graduates go to work as photovoltaic installers, system designers, or in technical sales and support roles. Some have started their own businesses, or have partnered into existing businesses.

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