KCC is leading a solar revolution with a project called Community Colleges Confronting the Conundrum (C4). Through it, the college is helping expand and improve solar technician training in anticipation of an expanding renewable energy job market.
C4 includes collaborations with local government, solar manufacturers, renewable energy businesses, employers, and homeowners, so graduates from renewable energy programs will be prepared and positioned for unfolding employment opportunities.
To increase exposure to solar-technician training opportunities, KCC’s C4 project works with principals, counselors and teachers at local high schools to introduce students to solar energy basics. The college is especially seeking students who have an interest in or aptitude for math, science, electrical/mechanical work and technology.
Education and promotion
C4 includes a new solar education and promotion program, Power Pack Kankakee, offered in collaboration with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The Power Pack program makes it easier for customers to acquire solar for their homes or businesses and offers information on local solar installers and U.S. solar manufacturers.
Support and funding
KCC’s partners for advancing renewable energy solutions through the C4 project include the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA); the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN); the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC); the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP); and the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative.
Funding for the C4 project is through a National Science Foundation, Advanced Technology Education grant. It is being replicated at community colleges in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Faculty and staff
KCC's Electrical Technology program coordinator and professor Tim Wilhelm, professors Pat Klette and Yuri Starik are committed to providing innovative, state-of-the-art, certified, renewable-energy courses and programs.
For more information on the C4 project, contact:
Professor, program coordinator
Electrical Technology, Renewable Energy