- CA-HI SITN Update (Oct. 12, 2010)
Grant Opportunity FAQ
Spanish-Language PV Installer Mini-Grant Program
Region 8, California & Hawaii, SITN Program
California Community College Spanish Language PV Installer Mini-Grant
In order to help support improvements in Photovoltaic (PV) training at California’s Community Colleges, the DOE-funded Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN, administered by the CCC Chancellor’s Office) has developed a series of “mini-grant” programs. This notice is prepared to announce the availability of funds to support development and pilot teaching of a Spanish-language PV installation course.
This program is created to increase employment prospects for individuals who have basic construction and/or electrical skills, but who have not had an opportunity to supplement these with PV-specific training due to language barriers.
This grant will pay for faculty time to teach, or to develop and teach a PV installation course in the Spanish language. Each applicant is asked to briefly identify and describe the target audience, pre-requisites, course duration, course content, and learning outcomes they believe to be appropriate for their situation. Proposals as Word or pdf documents are due June 3, 2013. Proposal review and selection will be completed as quickly as feasible following the due date so that colleges with successful applications can implement their planned courses during either Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semesters. Courses can be new or pre-existing, and can be taught on a regular or pilot basis, for credit or not-for-credit. Participating colleges who have not completed their instruction by June 3, 2014, risk losing funding unless their Spring semester ends later.
Total available funding for the grant program is $56,000. The maximum award to any one college will not exceed $14,000. We anticipate four awards will be funded at this time. Following this current request for applications, DOE funding may be available to allow additional grants to be awarded over the next two years. Separate solicitations will be sent in this case.
This notice has been distributed to instructors who participated in prior training activities; however applications are not restricted to these instructors or colleges. This document may be freely forwarded.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
Lengthy proposals are neither required nor desired. We suggest that proposals be limited to 5 pages, though this is not a firm requirement. Supplemental material such as pre-existing curricula, graphic or pictorial displays or testimonials can be extra, but are not required.
A cover letter signed by a Dean or higher level Administrator indicating applicant college support for the proposed grant-funded class is required. This letter is not counted as part of the suggested page count.
Applications should contain at least five sections:Prior Experience with PV Installation training at the applicant college; prior experience (if any) with Spanish language classes with technical education content.
Target audience, Recruiting plan and Prerequisites.
Description of the Proposed Training (Duration, Content, & Learning Outcomes)
Requested Funding. Budget included. (Note: This grant will fund texts and similar learning materials, but not equipment such as PV panels or system components.)
Applications are due on or before 5 PM, Monday, June 3, 2013. Proposals should be sent to Gerald Bernstein, Principal Investigator Region 8 SITN program, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions on this grant program should be sent to the same address. Questions will be answered directly, but subsequently questions and answers will be posted for all applicants here.
The review team consists of five professionals most of whom are Spanish language proficient: one from a small PV installer, one from a large installer, one from a PV equipment manufacturer, one community college faculty member and one member of the CA-HI SITN management team. Funding decisions will be based on the review team’s assessment of the applicant’s ability to deliver on schedule, proposed approach, learning outcomes, prior experience with Spanish language instruction, and overall viability of the proposed course. Notices to applicants will be sent on or before June 19, 2013.
California Community College
IREC-ISPQ Accreditation Support Program
In order to help support training improvements at colleges with Photovoltaic (PV) programs, the DOE-funded Solar Instructor Training Network (administered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office) has developed a “mini-grant” program. This program is designed to support IREC-ISPQ accreditation of up to five (5) colleges in the California Community College system. During its first two years of existence, the SITN training program provided entry-level PV instruction to almost 200 faculty in California colleges and high schools. Our current focus is on upgrading the variety and quality of solar instructor training, and we believe that helping colleges obtain IREC-ISPQ accreditation will support this.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) supports a variety of credentialing programs for individual instructors and training institutions to assure development of a quality and competent workforce in the clean energy sector. IREC credentials assure that the accredited institutions’ programs follow job task analyses prepared by industry subject matter experts in a variety of renewable energy, energy efficiency and distributed generation fields, as well as following appropriate administrative procedures.
To many in these industries, IREC-ISPQ (Institute for Sustainable Power Quality) accreditation represents the “gold standard” for training organizations. It provides a marketing advantage by demonstrating a college’s commitment to establishing and meeting high standard to employers, the public, possible students and potential funding partners. Specifically, our IREC-ISPQ mini-grant program proposes to pay (or reimburse the participating college) for the initial application fee, onsite assessment travel costs, two years of subsequent annual renewal fees, and (if the SITN grant remains in place) the final two years of annual fees for the 5-year accreditation cycle. On a similar basis, we propose to pay the equivalent fees for up to 2 instructors seeking affiliated Trainer or Master Trainer certification. Fees in support of institutional accreditation to be paid by the SITN program should total approximately $5000 – $6000 per mini-grant, while those for instructor certification should total up to $1000 each.
Proposals are due April 22, 2013. They should be sent to email@example.com. Proposals should assume that the letter of intent and a complete application will be submitted to IREC-ISPQ by December 13, 2013. This timing is under control of the applicant; it is recognized that subsequent events (IREC-ISPQ’s desk assessment and onsite assessment of applicant colleges) are outside the control of the applicant college. Funding awards will be announced by May 10, 2013. Participating colleges who have not achieved IREC-ISPQ accreditation by May 1, 2014, may be dropped from this program.
Proposals should contain the following five items:
Background and commitment of applicant to PV training. Briefly described the history of PV training at your college. Statement of commitment to continuing training for at least 4 more years (duration of the ISPQ accreditation) by a Dean, Vice-Chancellor, or Chancellor.
Identify resources for the ISPQ application process. Identify who will be responsible for what tasks. Identify the portion of time available to work on the application.
Description of the process for reporting on the progress of the ISPQ application to the SITN program. A monthly letter by email will be adequate for this purpose.
Process for reporting on benefits of accreditation (as applicable) to the SITN program after one year from accreditation date. A brief letter report by email will be adequate.
(Optional). Proposed Affiliated and/or Master Trainers seeking certification. Identify individuals and provide a summary of their work and teaching experience; this should not exceed a half page each.
Details of what is entailed in the ISPQ application process can be found at the IREC website, specifically http://www.irecusa.org/irec-programs/credentialing/ispq/key-docs/ . The Candidate Handbook and Application Form links are specifically recommended, though an applicant should be familiar with all the documents on the page. Proposals should not exceed five pages in length unless there is detail in an Appendix that an applicant wishes to have considered (at the option of the reviewers).
Questions on this grant program can be sent to:
Principal Investigator for the Region 8 (California & Hawaii) SITN
Please send all grant program questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.