EDISON—A new program at Middlesex County College, called “Electronics for Green Jobs,” graduated eight people at a ceremony in July. The program, which began in May, trained them in electronics in this new, rapidly expanding field.
Students learned about solar panels, repairing recycling devices, and geothermal and wind-based electrical systems and much more. The program was developed by the Institute for Management and Technical Development, a department at Middlesex that handles customized training for business.
The director, Dr. Patricia Moran, said, “For months, I’ve had employers telling me they could not find electronic technicians.”
George Paradise, production director with Petra Solar who was at the ceremony, said his company is hoping to hire qualified green electronics technicians and the students’ job prospects looked bright. “Green technology is where the world is going,” he said.
All eight who started in the program successfully completed it. They are, seated, from left: Wilmer Obando (Elizabeth), Orlando Sanchez (Perth Amboy), Nestor Martinez (Old Bridge), Joseph Acheampong (Plainfield). Standing: Mario Santos, the instructor, Fernando Quijano Jr. (Elizabeth), Frank Takacz (South Brunswick), Antonio Del Toro (Old Bridge), Andrew K. Vera (Elizabeth), and Dr. Moran.
The program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor. The next class begins Aug. 11, and more are scheduled in the fall. For more information, call 732-906-4681.
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