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Morrisville State College to Offer Courses Through Renewable Energy Training Center

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Morrisville State College is offering a variety of courses through its Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC).

A two-day SUNY SPARE (State University of New York Solar Power as Renewable Energy) Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) Installer course will be held Sept. 14, 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the college’s RETC located in Shannon Hall.

Participants who complete the course will also meet a requirement for certification through The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a PV installer. For details on certification, visit www.nabcep/org. A four-day Introductory Installer course or previous installer experience is recommended before taking the Advanced Photovoltaic Installer course. Participants may qualify for professional development hours.

Tuition for the Advanced Photovoltaic Installer course is $275 or $250 per person with two or more people registering from the same company, union or organization. The course is being offered in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and SUNY Onondaga Community College (OCC).

For additional information or to register, contact Betsy Busche at 315-684-6391 or follow the SUNY-ESF link through

Additional courses being offered in collaboration with Morrisville State College’s RETC include:
• Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Systems, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Morrisville State College RETC with an optional Solar Thermal Systems Laboratory Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Advanced Solar Thermal Design, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mohawk Valley Community College
• Geothermal Heat Pump System Designs, Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Morrisville State College RETC
• Basic Photovoltaic Installer course, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at Onondaga Community College

Morrisville State College’s RETC is a multi-county alliance of employers, training providers, economic development partners and K-12 schools to address the long- and short-term needs of New York state’s high-growth, high-demand renewable energy sector. It is funded in part, by a grant under the President’s Community-Based Job Training Grant Initiative administered by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.