TCL will offer two certificate courses in solar technology and an associate degree in avionics beginning this fall, said
Flick said the two solar courses will teach students how to install and maintain two types of solar technology systems -- solar photovoltaic, which produces electricity through solar panels, and solar thermal, which heats water using solar energy. Both will be taught at TCL's
The avionics program is similar to one the college offers through its Transitioning Military Program, which helps military personnel make the transition to civilian work. It will teach students about electronic systems on aircraft. The college has offered some avionics classes through a partnership with
Flick said the avionics program, to be taught at
Flick said the courses were created to place local people in high-tech jobs in both fields. Flick hopes to get between 10 and 20 students enrolled in each of the courses this fall.
The solar technician courses are geared toward students who have a working knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems, instructor
In avionics, Flick hopes to connect graduates to companies like Gulfstream in Savannah and
In the solar technology field, Flick expected to work with local builders to help students who graduate find jobs, possibly installing systems on new construction projects. There is a lack of certified solar technicians in the Lowcountry, and the area's weather makes it an ideal place for solar power and heating systems, he said.
Eckstrom said falling costs should contribute to a rise in new solar systems being built. Nationwide, over 22,000 new solar technology workers are expected to be hired in the next year, according to the National Solar Jobs Census.
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