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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – July 12, 2016 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that the Solar Ready Vets (SRV) program will graduate its first class on Friday, July 15, 2016, in the Cumberland Hall Auditorium on the Fayetteville Campus beginning at 12 noon.  The class consists of thirteen services members and veterans from the Fort Bragg, NC area.

As part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge initiative, the Solar Ready Vets program unites the workforce development needs of growing solar companies all over the country with trained workers who embody the discipline, motivation, and technical skills that come from serving in the military. The six-week program trains veterans and soon-to-be veterans for employment as solar photovoltaic (PV) system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other solar-related occupations. The training includes PV, electrical fundamentals, and safety. Students graduate with NABCEP entry-level and OSHA 30 certifications.

Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar has been working with FTCC to review the curriculum and serve as a resource for understanding the jobs pipeline for solar jobs in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.  “Strata Solar has been recruiting from the military communities in the areas it serves for years, finding great value in the caliber of workforce that comes from military training and experience,” said Maria Barker, HR Director at Strata. For questions, contact Maggie Mae Armstrong at

Special guests will include the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Representative John Szoka, N.C. House of Representatives. For additional information, please contact Charlene Callahan at

Fayetteville Technical Community College was established in 1961 and serves over 40,000 students annually by providing over 200 occupational, technical, general education, college transfer, and continuing education programs to meet students’ needs and desires as well as the community. Visit FTCC’s website at  Like us on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter.