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Photovoltaic Program Added
at Ogeechee Tech

Instructor Norm Threatt (right) and student Chris Nasworthy work to attach a solar panel to the top of the Photovoltaic Training unit.
Instructor Norm Threatt (right) and student Chris Nasworthy work to
attach a solar panel to the top of the Photovoltaic Training unit.

Around the United States “green” initiatives and sustainability programs are becoming increasingly popular.  Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) will begin a program during the upcoming Summer quarter which will teach the installation and repair of solar related systems, in order to meet the needs associated with the increase in demand for solar powered systems for homes and businesses.  Dubbed the Photovoltaic Systems Installation and Repair Technician technical certificate, the program provides individuals with the opportunity to enter the workforce area which specializes in electrical applications for installing, inspecting, and repairing solar panels in the electrical construction industry, according to the OTC catalog.

“The need for renewable sources of energy is becoming more prevalent, and having someone trained and qualified to provide the expertise to install, inspect, and repair solar systems is vital to remaining a viable option for providing electrical contracting services,” stated Norm Threatt, OTC’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance program director.  Ogeechee Tech offers a number of construction industry related programs in addition to Electrical Construction and Maintenance, including Commercial Construction Management, Heating and Air Conditioning, and Welding.

Classes for the Photovoltaic System program will begin Summer Quarter 2010, and interested students are encouraged to begin the process of preparing for enrollment soon.  “We have just started Spring Quarter, but it isn’t too early to start preparing for Summer Quarter by calling or visiting campus to investigate the requirements for this new program,” stated Dr. Charlene Lamar, Vice President for Academic Affairs at OTC.  With rising fuel costs, tax credits for sustainable energy systems, and a general consciousness for conserving natural resources, the Photovoltaic Systems program is expected to garner considerable interest, according to Threatt.  “We know that there are not that many people who are trained to install and maintain these systems presently, but we expect it to be something that everyone who offers electrical contracting work will want and need in the very near future,” stated Lamar.

The Photovoltaic System Installation and Repair Technician certificate is approved by the Technical College System of Georgia and by the Council on Occupational Education for inclusion in Ogeechee Technical College’s program offerings.  For information on any of Ogeechee Tech’s programs, call (912) 681-5500, visit the campus at One Joe Kennedy Boulevard in Statesboro, or go to www.ogeecheetech.edu.    

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director for Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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