N.C. A&T Celebrates N.C. Clean Energy Program Participants with State Agency, Industry Leaders – North Carolina A&T

by | Aug 2, 2022 | Energy

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2022) – State agency leaders and industry partners are celebrating 40 high school and 20 college students’ completion of the 2022 N.C. Clean Energy pre-apprenticeship and internship program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
The program – the first of its kind in the nation – is committed to equipping the next generation of potential clean energy talent with professional training and skills development in various topics, including solar panel installation, renewable energy, HVAC and architectural design.
N.C. Clean Energy is supported by multiple grants totaling $185,000 from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the university’s Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT). It is led by university faculty members Balakrishna “Balu” Gokaraju, Ph.D., CERT Director Greg Monty, Ph.D., and Raymond Tesiero, Ph.D. The program is also included in an ongoing broader effort to implement energy-efficient community initiatives.
The 2020 pilot program selected nine students; in 2021, the number increased to 31. This summer, that number doubled and the program expanded to include students from 10 counties, mainly from the Greensboro, Halifax, Raleigh and Charlotte areas. Twenty-five industry partners served as host sites for paid pre-apprenticeships and internships this summer.
NCDEQ Assistant Secretary Sushma Masemore set the stage for the event’s attendees, offering a timeline of technological advancement and workforce needs over the last two decades and encoura …

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