Cypress Creek Renewables and Workforce Development Institute Announcement

January 23, 2018

WHO: Cypress Creek Renewables and Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute are partnering to launch a new solar job training initiative in New York State.

WHAT: The initiative, which includes a $25,000 investment by Cypress Creek, will help provide reduced course fees for students interested in solar job training, with a focus on bringing more women, veterans and underrepresented people into the industry.

The college's Workforce Development Institute has been offering successful fast-track entry-level training in the field of photovoltaic installation for more than decade.

WHERE: The event will be held at the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center located on the main campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY 12180.

WHEN: The announcement will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

WHY: Investment in job training and workforce development in emerging industries will strengthen New York State's energy workforce and economy. Attendees of the event will have an opportunity to hear from local elected officials, current PV installation students at the Workforce Development Institute and senior representatives from the college and Cypress Creek Renewables.


  • Congressman Paul Tonko, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, State Senator George Amedore and State Assembly Members Patricia Fahy, John McDonald, and Phil Steck are expected to attend the event.
  • A dozen PV Advanced Training students from the Glenmont Job Corps Center will also attend the announcement. These students were in a PV Advanced Training program at Job Corps centers in Gainesville, FL, and in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, but came to the Workforce Development Institute following the destruction of those centers by Hurricane Maria. They just recently completed the WDI PV program.

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