During the recession of 2009, there was one sector of the economy that did not shed jobs – solar energy. In fact, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported strong growth in 2009, a year that contributed to the overall economy by adding 17,000 new jobs.
In its report, officials noted that U.S. solar electric capacity, including photovoltaic installations, increased by 37 percent, reaching revenues of $4 billion.
It’s time to strike while the iron is hot.
In about five semesters, you could get an Associate degree and be out in the workforce in time to capitalize on this new job growth. TSTC is the only school in Texas to offer a two-year Associate degree in solar energy – and one of just a handful of such schools in the entire nation!
While you train in solar technology, you will gain additional skills in basic plumbing, electrical and roofing, increasing your overall appeal to employers.
And TSTC’s association with the Texas Renewable Energy Education Consortium, as well as the State Energy Conservation Office, assures that what you’re learning is what you really need to know in the job market.
What you’ll do!
TSTC’s star power prep
TSTC’s Solar Technology faculty bring to the college years of professional experience in the field ensuring that students gain real world perspective in their study of this emerging techology.
With faculty backed by an advisory committee comprised of industry members, iour program’s leadership offers an unbeatable combination that gives you a first-class education you won’t get elsewhere!
Small class size
At TSTC, our Solar Energy classes average 20 students ensuring that our instructors have plenty of time to work with students in one-to-one relationships.
Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing the actual work they will do upon graduation. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the depth of instruction you need to succeed in your Solar Energy career.
TSTC’s strong Solar Technology program matches industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs when the time comes to move out into the workforce.
Education by employer design! As industry professionals, our advisory committee members assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach holds a direct connection to what industry is seeking.
Other degree plans within the Electrical Power & Control family can provide additional job credibility through expanded training that will round out your credentials. In Solar Energy Technology, for example, you’ll receive electrical, plumbing and roofing training that makes you more attractive to employers.
You will gain all the knowledge necessary to become certified once you begin work in the industry. Plus, you can gain additional skills through internships working in the field.
Joining clubs through the Electrical Power & Control Technology program is a great way to cultivate extra networking opportunities.
And don’t forget, TSTC’s relationships with the State Energy Conversation Office and the Texas Renewable Energy Education Consortium provide you with networking opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.