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Meet Ankit

Workforce Challenge

Ankit had a degree in engineering, but was struggling to find a position that was a good fit for him culturally and professionally. He was working in sales in the solar industry, but didn't feel challenged or fairly compensated in his position. He wanted to continue his work in renewables, but felt that he needed additional training in solar in order to advance his career.

Workforce Solution

Ankit enrolled in Workforce Boulder County's WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker program, receiving funding to participate in a Commercial and Residential Solar Design certificate program through Solar Energy International (SEI). The program, which is accredited and well-respected in the industry, helped Ankit gain additional training in the nuances of solar design, including grid-direct residential and commercial photovoltaic design and installation applications.

Outcomes & Benefits

Ankit landed a job as a Commercial Solar Designer for Namaste' Solar. He says that the training he received through SEI gave him the technical know-how he needed to land the position. He loves his new job, noting that it is a fantastic cultural and technical fit! He works on solar system designs, as well as permit and construction design packages. "Working for an employee-owned cooperative has been a stellar experience!" he said.

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