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GREEN JOB TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT - for a better quality of life

We will be providing income-qualified citizens a chance to take a class and earn a certificate to be able to join the workforce in the clean, green energy field

Short Summary

Hey there! We are SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE.  We are non-profit organization that advocates for solar and energy efficiency through educational programs, public outreach and a membership program.  We train professionals and individuals wanting to enter the solar field by creating programs to assist them in getting clean energy jobs in Sonoma County. In an effort to address high rates of unemployment and to bring qualified personnel into the rapidly growing green industry, we are pleased to present our STAR program to income-qualified individuals.

To date, SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE’s STAR program has trained over 131 individuals and directly placed more than 24 alumni into jobs. This fundraiser is designed to underwrite student seats in our PV Design & Installation certification program. The average price for this type of certification is upwards of $1,500, however SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE’s STAR program is able to underwrite half of this expense.  Our fundraising goal is to get 5 student seats sponsored by people who also believe in the mission of the STAR program. Your donation is the needed token to ensure that one more person will enter the job market trained and ready for the expanding solar market.

The Impact

The STAR program includes:

-Volunteer hours at SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE (this position will create opportunity to network with other solar businesses and vendors),

-North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Exam (this certification will help increase chances of being hired as well as create a greater opportunity for better pay)

-A requirement to volunteer for a partner nonprofit, GRID Alternatives, on their solar installations. 

These unique program features ensure that our graduates will have hands on experience, a nationally-accepted technical certification, and introductions to contractors looking for new employees. STAR will provide one-on-one mentoring to trainees to improve resume and interviewing techniques.  Upon completion trainees receive a Solar STAR certificate from the SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE STAR program.

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”     President, Barack Obama

 

             After the 2008 recession and high unemployment rates, the depressed economic conditions disproportionately affected Sonoma County’s Hispanic population which has a 40% drop-out rate. With unemployment as high as it is, these students can feel comfortable that with SSC’s support and knowledge behind them, they can achieve success.  Green Energy jobs are predicted to double in the next two years, which will help us lower our carbon footprint and also help tackle the climate change issue.  SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE’s STAR program will make sure its residents are ready for this expanded workforce demand.

Other Ways You Can Help

Every little bit helps! 

The project's success DEPENDS on website visits, comments, likes, and donations to keep it on the featured section of Indiegogo. Thank you for sharing this with as many contacts as you can (emails, facebook, Linkedin, etc.), your help is greatly appreciated!

 
Quotes Certificate Recipients

Ted Elliot Solar Craft; sales (Novato, Ca)

“This program has really opened doors for me,” said Ted, “It was actually through therequired volunteer hours at SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY that I was introduced to my prospective employers.” Solar Craft representatives were thoroughly impressed with Ted’s initiative in becoming NAPCEP certified and his commitment to the future of solar energy.

 Eduardo Huerta Real Goods Solar; Solar Installation (Ukiah, Ca)

“Getting this scholarship has benefited me financially as well as increased my knowledge on how to help the environment and better the lives of others,” said Eduardo Huerta. He is currently working for Real Goods Solar in the installation of solar panels. He was first introduced to the company through one of SSC’s vendor meetings.

 Kevin Harper DC Power Systems; Finance Programs Administrator (Rohnert Park, CA)

“Performing activities such as grant writing, program development, and financial planning [at SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY] helped me to gain confidence in my professionalism and find my current job at DC Power Systems. I thank SSC and its dedicated Executive Director for steering me in this direction and providing me with these skills.”

 

**SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY is a subsidiary of SOLAR ACTION ALLIANCE.  SSC was the overseer of the fundraiser project.

Solar Sonoma County has been put under the new umbrella name of Solar Action Alliance - chosen to reflect our expanding reach to include Napa and Marin Counties.  

In response to community demand, we are expanding our programs to further our mission of green energy expansion – from job training to job creation and including solar and energy efficiency implementation through local jobs.

Please stay tuned for more news on our expansion and watch for the addition of Marin and Napa County websites.

 
 

Sumario

¡Hola! Somos SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY, una compañía solar in Sonoma County. Es una organización sin fines de lucro que promociona energía solar y eficiente a través de programas educacionales, enseñanzas para el público, y programas para miembros. Ofrecemos un entrenamiento profesional para individuos que desean entrar en el campo de energía solar, y les ayudamos conseguir trabajo después in Sonoma County. Estamos muy contentos de poder ofrecer nuestro programa STAR a individuos que califiquen, ayudando ambos a la gente necesitando trabajo, y el campo de energía eficiente que va creciendo cada día mas.

Hasta hoy, SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY’s programa STAR ha entrenado más que 131 individuos y ha colocado más de 24 alumnos en trabajos, directamente. Esta búsqueda de fondos es para poner estudiantes nuevos en nuestro programa de PV Design and Installation. El precio normal para este tipo de programa es $1500, o más, pero el programa Sonoma County Solar STAR puede asegurar un mediano del costo. La meta nuestra es de meter 5 estudiantes apoyado y pagado por gente como usted que también cree en la misión de STAR. Se necesita su donación para asegurar que una persona más podrá entrar en el mercado solar listo y capacitado de hacer el trabajo.

El programa STAR incluye también un programa de trabajo voluntario en SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY (donde se conecta con otras empresas y vendedores solares.) También requiere un examen del Board of Certified Practitioners, North America, que ayuda después en encontrar trabajo, y recibir un pago mejor. Y que uno trabaja voluntariamente para la compañía GRID Alternatives, con sus instalaciones solares. Estés requisitos aseguran de que nuestros estudiantes tengan experiencia, conexiones con gente en el campo solar, y una certificación nacional. STAR también provee entrenamiento en cómo hacer entrevistas y preparar un resume. Al final del entrenamiento total el estudiante recibe un certificado del programa SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY STAR.

"Nosotros, la gente, seguimos pensando que nuestra obligación como Americanos no es solo a nosotros mismos, sino a toda posteridad. Responderemos a la amenaza del cambio de clima sabiendo que si no lo hacemos es una traición hacia nuestros hijos y las generaciones del futuro."

Barack Obama

Deserción de secundaria en Sonoma County esta peor que nunca, y en las escuelas públicas, unos solo están graduando 38%. Para ellos que aprenden mejor a fuera de la escuela, este programa es buen alternativo. Ofrece y casi garantía una carera en un campo  reciente, con solo 50 horas de clase.

La población hispánica de Sonoma County ha sufrido bastante la recesión económica de 2008, y los estudiantes también han sufrido con falta de cumplir el secundario llegando hasta 40%. Con desempleo llegando tan alto como es, estés estudiantes pueden sentirse cómodo que, con el apoyo de SSC, tendrán éxito. En los próximos 2 anos prevén que los trabajos en energía limpia van a doblar, lo cual nos ayudara reducir el impacto global que hacemos, mejorando el tema del cambio de clima. Este programa SOLAR SONOMA COUNTY STAR asegura de que los residentes están listos para la ampliación de demanda de manos de obra.

 

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