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AACC Scholarships for Solar Panel Installation Studies

June 18, 2010

      The Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange Foundation has donated $4,500 to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. to fund scholarships for those enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College’s new solar panel installation class.

      The AACC foundation plans to award all of the money in scholarships by June 30, 2011. Award amounts will vary from $500 to the entire cost of the noncredit, continuing professional education class “Photovoltaic Installation Prep Course 1” (OCA 373).Those completing the class, which is offered each fall and spring, will earn entry-level certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

      The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation Inc. was created by the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore Inc. to award grants to individuals and organizations that help promote and support the construction industry. Since 1998, it has awarded about $393,800 to qualified applicants.

      Solar panel instruction is a new initiative at AACC. The college and the Chesapeake Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors teamed up to create and offer the course, initially to Job Corps students. After local electrical contractors expressed interest in the instruction, AACC opened the course to the public. Training takes place at the IEC building in Odenton.

      “The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation is pleased to be able to support this visionary program,” said Rich Croke, a member of the Baltimore Building Congress & Exchange Foundation Board of Directors. “The building industry is seeing increased demand for photovoltaic panels as a method to achieve sustainable design goals.”

      Wages for entry-level solar PV installers are $12 to $15 per hour while crew leaders make up to $25 an hour. Workers with an electrical license will earn higher wages.

      Scholarship recipients must demonstrate financial need as shown through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); apply for the FAFSA online or visit AACC’s Financial Aid office for assistance.

      This fall, the course is offered Oct. 19-Dec. 14. For cost and registration details, call 410-777-2056. For solar panel scholarship information, contact Laurie Dominguez at 410-777-1802 or e-mail