Shasta College

shasta logoAre you good with your hands and thrive on adventure and travel? Do you like to be outside and enjoy nature? Do you want to contribute to the nation’s future of energy production? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then join an industry that offers “…the Best New Jobs in America…” according to CNN Money Magazine, and pursue a career in the fast growing Wind and Solar industries!

Shasta College, a community college located in beautiful Northern California, has been successfully training job candidates in renewable energy technologies since Spring 2008 with hands-on instruction for Residential Photovoltaic students and Utility-Scale Wind Technician trainees.

According to Shasta College’s EWD Program Director Suzie Clark: “With a wind turbine and solar-energy farm in our area we are uniquely positioned as a training center to continue delivering these fast growing green industry courses. Our in-depth and intensive instruction prepares our students with the real-world skills the industry is asking for.”

January 2009 saw Shasta College offering the first renewable energy workforce training class in Northern California with their Utility Scale Wind Turbine (USWT) technician training. Since then Shasta has continued to respond to industry demands by adding their Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) training and Biodiesel processing. These classes and courses are short-term (3-4 weeks) and teach skills the industry has identified as necessary for entry level positions.

The USWT program encompasses all topics identified by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) as necessary to bea successful Utility-Scale Wind Technician. Shasta’s 3 ½ week program includes safety, climbing/rappelling, and hands-on instruction using Utility Scale Wind Turbines.

For more information about Shasta’s USWT technician training program, go to or email Program Director Suzie Clark at

Shasta’s Residential Photovoltaic (PV) training was the first in their region to get approval to offer the NABCEP Entry-level test. Assistant Project Director Shannon Essex commented, “…Online electrical prerequisites with an available hands-on electrical lab provide our PV instructors more training time on industry-specific topics. Additionally, Shasta College’s PV students earn their 10 hour OSHA Construction Safety and Health cards, learn site assessment, install roof and ground mount systems, use a tracker lab, and learn off-grid scenarios.” Shasta’s solar PV lab activities ensure hands-on experience in addition to the academic knowledge necessary to pass the NABCEP Entry-level test.

For more information about Shasta College’s Residential Photovoltaic program, go to or email Assistant Project Director Shanon Essex at

“All our classes are taught by industry professionals to provide our students with the most up-to-date information and real-life experience” says Program Director Clark. “All classes visit a Utility-Scale Wind Farm or Production Size Solar Farm to enhance student’s experience.”

Jump start your future and train to climb a 250’ tall Utility-Scale Wind Turbine or install a solar Photovoltaic System all while attending Shasta College in Redding, California. Check out our website and get started on your prerequisites now so you are prepared for the industry-specific classes starting in April 2013.

Join us at Shasta College and energize your future!!

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