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November 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- If you’re out of a job and looking to go green in your next career, check out the free classes being offered at Cuyamaca College. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District received a $1 million grant from the state of California and the California Energy Commission to provide the free classes to 240 students at Cuyamaca College.


The college, located in Rancho San Diego, is offering free classes in energy efficiency retrofitting and installation of solar products to unemployed and underemployed construction workers or others interested in pursuing a new environmentally-friendly career.


Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the classes will offer training for jobs in the expanding field of green technology.


“Cuyamaca College has always been at the forefront of going green. These classes offer another way for students to learn the skills they need for this growing industry,” he said.


The residential energy efficiency retrofit and weatherization industry is among the fastest-growing segments of the green collar construction workforce. The two-week courses prepare students for certification by the Building Performance Institute, a national standards and credentialing organization.


The solar photovoltaic installation courses provide education in the fundamentals of solar energy and experience with cutting-edge equipment. The six- to eight-week course also offers safety training about construction industry standards and electrical low voltage standards.


Courses will be offered through February, and eligibility for the program is required before enrollment.

For more information or to enroll, call (619) 660-4046 or e-mail


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