Solar Energy provides new job opportunities for farmworkers

Proteus Inc., an organization created to provide exceptional education, employment, training, and other services to the diverse population of Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Kern counties, started to look at solar energy projects as a potential job opportunities for local residents. A little over three years ago, Proteus Inc, developed a solar training program for farm workers to train them for this emerging market. The program has been up and running for more than a year and has seen a healthy success rate among graduates.

The program provides participants with basic, entry-level training in the area of solar energy through hands-on work both in the classroom and in the field. Proteus started the program to help give farm workers, as well as unemployed residents, an opportunity to learn new skills and re-enter the workforce with the training needed to compete in this emerging market. The state certified curriculum combines technical training, such as conduit bundling and industry knowledge, with soft skills including resume building and interview preparation.

The program also partners with local volunteers such as Habitat for Humanity to provide labor for area housing, as well as GRID Alternatives with Single- Family Affordable Solar Homes (a SASH Program). These opportunities provide the organizations with volunteer labor, provides local low-income residents with free installation of solar equipment that lower their utility bill, and provide the trainees with hands-on job experience. Proteus is currently working with solar companies within the area to place program graduates in entry-level positions.

The program runs approximately six weeks and offers training opportunities for 15 people at a time. If you are in Tulare, Fresno, Kings, or Kern counties and are interested in getting more information on this program, please contact Hector Uriarte at 559-733-5423. For more information on Proteus Inc. visit www.proteusinc.org, or solar training.

For information on immigration services and career opportunities in your area, please contact one of the following offices:

Center for Employment Training
701 Vine Street
San Jose, CA 95110
408.534.5360
sanjose@cet2000.org

California Human Development
3315 Airway Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-523-1155
Fax: 707-523-3776

Central Valley Opportunity Center
6838 Bridget Court
P.O. Box 1389
Winton, CA 95388
tel 209.357.0062

Employers’ Training Resource
Administrative Offices
1600 East Belle Terrace
Bakersfield, CA 93307
(661) 325-HIRE

Proteus, Inc.
1830 N. Dinuba Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone (559) 733-5423
Fax (559) 738-1137
info@proteusinc.org