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Fatima HernandezSierra College invites prospective students and industry partners to a Construction and Energy Technology (CET) open house on Wednesday, April 27 from 6 PM to 8 PM. The lab is located at Building H, 5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to Steve Geiger (916) 660-7843 or sgeiger(at)sierracollege.edu to get a parking pass.

With so much interest in the program, the college decided to hold an event to answer questions face-to-face explained Steve Geiger, Department Chair, CET, Sierra College. “Word is getting out about our projects, such as the Green Tiny House, as well as Sierra College students’ success in finding work in both construction and solar energy,” said Geiger. “People want to see our equipment, meet faculty members and check out what the students are building.”

“At the open house on April 27, the students’ partially completed Green Tiny House will be on display,” said Geiger. “Sierra College students will also be participating in SMUD’s Solar Regatta in May; our students won the Regatta Cup in 2015.”

According to Geiger, the Construction and Energy Technology courses have been designed based on input from industry advisory committees. “These are hands-on classes that teach skills on equipment that graduates will find out in the field,” said Geiger. “High school students who enjoy creating with their hands and their parents, those seeking new careers as contractors or solar installers, and construction workers seeking to upgrade their skills are encouraged to attend the open house.”

The Sierra College Construction program prepares students with a broad range of skills that can lead to positions in contracting, remodeling, finish carpentry and cabinet making. Students can earn both certificates and degrees in Residential Building Construction and Construction Management. Sierra College has a transfer agreement in place with California State University Sacramento for Construction Management.

Sierra College also has one of the highest pass rates (90th percentile) in the country over five years for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level exam recognized nationally by the solar industry. Energy Technology students are prepared to take the exam after completing CET 40 - Beginning Photovoltaic Systems and CET 42 - Intermediate Photovoltaic Systems. With the addition of CET 44 Advanced Photovoltaic Systems which covers commercial level design and installation, students can receive the Photovoltaic Advanced Skills Certificate, indicating that they have the knowledge and skills required to obtain employment as entry level Photovoltaic System Installers and Technicians.

To assist students in finding employment, the program invites industry speakers to discuss career opportunities, building trends and how to navigate the job application process. Additionally, students often find internships with Sacramento area contractors. Entry level positions average about $14 per hour and with experience, can work up to $48 per hour for construction managers.

To come to the Construction and Energy Technology (CET) open house on Wednesday, April 27 in Building H, 5000 Rocklin Rd., RSVP to Steve Geiger (916) 660-7843 or sgeiger(at)sierracollege.edu. Learn more about classes, certification, degrees or CSU Transfer at: www.sierracollege.edu/solar and www.sierracollege.edu/construction.

Photo: Sierra College Construction and Energy Technology student Fatima Hernandez cuts a framing stud with a circular saw.

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