Tulare-Kings Students to Learn About Renewable Energy Field in SunPower Solar Energy Academy

Tulare-Kings Students to Learn About Renewable Energy Field in SunPower Solar Energy Academy

July 18, 2016 - Visalia, CA 



 July 19, 2016 – Visalia, CA - Starting July 25th seventy-one high school freshmen pathways students will participate in the Tulare-Kings SunPower Solar Energy Academy. The Academy is designed to spark student’s curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math – ultimately giving them the tools they need for success in any academic pursuit. The academy is a 5-day, intensive work-based learning experience that includes lectures from solar professionals, hands-on activities and field visits. It raises student awareness of the wide array of careers within the growing solar and renewable energy sector and most importantly, they get to work in teams, collaborate on projects while learning communication and project management skills that prepare them with life-essential skills that will help shape their future.

“SunPower is proud to partner with the Tulare-Kings County schools and local leadership once again in delivering this incredible program. An incredibly powerful summer experience! We are grateful to INNOVATE Tulare-Kings and the Tulare and Kings County Office of Education for their support and look forward to the students and teachers from Lindsay HS who will be participating this year,” remarks Bobby Ram.

The idea for the Academy was born in 2011 when Bobby Ram, Managing Director of SunPower Corporation, met with Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent John Snavely. PUSD was working with SunPower to install Solar Energy Systems throughout their district and they came to realize the opportunity that this presented. At the time, teachers were ill prepared to teach solar and had very little relevant resources. The visit inspired them to eventually create what is now the SunPower Solar Energy Academy. They knew that delivering very targeted and relevant, work based learning opportunity for high schools students and aligning it with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standards would result in a high impact educational opportunity.

The program has now become a model industry led work based learning academy and covers entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, finance, engineering, business ethics, public policy enter twined with soft skills training. By the end, students form a business, design a residential solar system complete with electrical line diagrams and ROI calculations and a final PowerPoint presentation to a panel of judges which include industry professionals and community leaders and educators.


Note: Media is invited to visit the Academy to see students in action. The Academy runs from July 25 – 29 from 9:00am-4:00pm in these locations:

For Lemoore Students: West Hills Community College 
For Porterville and Lindsay Students: Porterville High School
For Orosi and Dinbuba students: Orosi High School

Please let Randy Wallace of INNOVATE Tulare-Kings know that you are planning to visit by e-mail randyw@networks2action.com or by phone: (559) 737-8019.

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