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Community Work Services
  • 174 Portland Street, #2, Boston, MA 02114
  • 617-720-2233
  • Vocational Skills Training
Solar Training/Wind Turbine
Program activities:

The Clean Energy Solar/Wind Turbine Training Combines classroom lectures with hands on lab time at the CWS Facility.
The training program, Community Work Services Energy Institute (CWESEI), is an intensive 15-week program that was developed by CWS, Power52, and CEA consist of 225 hours of classroom/online work with an additional 225 hours of labs and practicum. In order to mitigate barriers to graduation, participants will work one-on-one with Case Managers to create a tailored plan of wrap-around supports to meet their needs.
Our curriculum will include soft skills attainment while CWS Career Placement will provide employer matching assistant so that graduate will not only secure but maintain their employment at companies that best fit their needs and interests.

Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) has an existing curriculum developed for solar photovoltaic installation that has been delivered successfully in a similar training program in operation in Maryland that will be adapted for use in Boston City based on employer recommendations. The curriculum for wind turbine technician training will build upon common elements included in the solar photovoltaic installation curriculum and will diverge after students complete the core curriculum elements necessary for both training programs.

The training program is designated to last 450 hours over the course of about 15 weeks. The program will be broken up into
5 segments with 90 hours dedicated to each segment. These segments will include a core curriculum of OSHA 10 training,
Life Skills, an introduction to power tools, blueprinting, and material handling before splitting off to cover industry specific
training in solar and wind turbine installation. Program participants will attend a combination of theory and lab courses five
days a week for 6 hours a day. All lab hours will be conducted in person while theory hours will be delivered both in person and virtually. We will begin the program with two cohorts of 20 students each during our program ramp up period.

A unique aspect of this program is that graduates will also be awarded 6 college credits from Paul Smith’s College that they can apply towards attaining an associate or bachelor’s degree, allowing graduates to establish a strong pathway to upward mobility.

The Job Readiness Training Program focuses on building professional soft skills and learning how to conduct a successful job
search. Courses include personal branding , workplace etiquette, getting along with co-workers and supervisors , resume writing and interviewing skills.


Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Low Income, disabled, underemployed, homeless adults, recovering from substance use

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 50
Total hours: 35
Program duration: 12 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 5
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-12:00pmClassroom Work
12:30pm-3:00pmHands on Training
9:00am-3:00pmJob Readiness Training
Other Schedule Information: Participant schedule and type of meeting will be determined based upon individual’s availability due to work work schedule. Admissions will be on a rolling basis. Cohorts will be admitted approximately on a bi-monthly schedule.
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

174 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114Accessible by public transportation
Program requirements: CORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: • NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research • NABCEP – North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration • GWO – Global Wind Organization (optional) • LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (optional)
Other outcomes: Stackable Credential(s), Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend
Other, please explain: Based on completing 80% of training attendance; $230 paid after Skills Training, Job Search Training and obtaining and retaining a job for 30 days.

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Silvia Suarez
Telephone: 617-720-2233
Program code: CWS-VT-SWT
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes