"The sustainable/renewable energy program is an excellent way to help get a foot in the door in the industry. I was able to get a local wind position where I am able to support the program and future students."  Shylo Evans, Airway Services

"Through the completion of the Sustainable/Renewable Energy Program offered at CCC, I have had more job opportunities, more doors open, and high success in the wind industry. The program gave me the tools needed to make it where I am today."  Jonathan Auker, Duke Energy

"I received the certificate of completion for wind technology from Colby Community College and I have now started my new career as a wind tech II."  Marc Chaffin, NextEra Energy

"Throughout the program I had gained the essential skills that secured a job In this industry. Without this opportunity I wouldn’t be where I am today in my profession!"   Austin Russ, Duke Energy

"Completion of the renewable energy program at CCC has helped me to land a job in solar as well as giving me the leg up that I needed to help me advance quickly in the field."   Jeffrey C Johnson, Crew Lead, Ecomark Solar

"The sustainable/renewable energy program allowed me to take my passion for solar energy to the next level.  I would not have the exciting career I do without it!"  Danny Denio Blue, Raven Solar

"My education in the CCC Sustainable/Renewable Energy program enabled me to land a high-tech career."  Landon Reilley, Vivint Solar


Solar PV Technical Certificate Brochure (37 hours)

Solar PV Certificate of Completion Brochure (12 hours)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 105 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The continued expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly those who complete photovoltaic training courses at a community college or technical school.

Because CCC offers both the Solar PV Technical Certificate and Solar PV Certificate of Completion online, students have the ability to learn and work from home.

Participation in Saturday “boot camps” is recommended to gain hands-on training. Boot camps are offered every eight weeks in the fall and spring semesters, and offer state-of the art equipment/labs that are real-world systems (not mockups).

If you need additional information, contact Derek Reilley, Program Director, by phone at 785.460.5431 or by email at

See recent data on CCC students who studied Solar Photovoltaic.



SO100Student Success Seminar *  1
AE276Introduction to Energy Technologies *3
AE190Electronics *3
AE241Power Storage/Transmission & Conversion **3
 AE177Energy Efficiency †
AE199Introduction to Construction †5
AE298Internship ˄4
AE277Solar PV Fundamentals & Applications *
AE279Solar PV Grid Direct **3
AE200Solar PV Battery-Based †3
AE201Solar PV Technical Sales ††3
SO181Career Development  ††  3
Total Credit Hours: 37


*               Fall semester, first eight weeks
**            Fall semester, second eight weeks
†               Spring semester, first eight weeks
††            Spring semester, second eight weeks
˄               Summer