The Distributed Energy industry (i.e. solar and energy storage) is one of fastest growing sectors in the country. But with a shortage of qualified workers, particularly those with expertise in the areas of networking and cybersecurity, continued rapid growth is threatened.
The SunSpec Alliance, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, has mobilized to fill this gap in the market. SunSpec Cyberguardians is a three-year long program that was created to prepare military veteran job seekers and industry professionals for the next wave of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technology.
Military service offers unique qualifications for careers in Distributed Energy, particularly relating to networking and cyber security. To make candidates more competitive, the SunSpec Cyberguardians program offers vocational credentials through UC San Diego Extension and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a nonprofit organization that offers professional certification programs for photovoltaic system installers, solar heat installers, technical sales, and other renewable energy professions. Completion of Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) courses will be considered in certificate and degree programs under the SunSpec Cyberguardians program.
The SunSpec Cyberguardians program offers online academic courses through UC San Diego Extension for technical, operational, and vocational applications. Current courses include:
By participating in SunSpec Cyberguardians, veteran job seekers and employers will gain access to the Cyberguardians Career Center, a comprehensive job placement web portal hosted by NABCEP. After creating an account, job seekers will be able to search and apply for relevant positions created by featured Cyberguardians employers.
The Distributed Energy (DE) industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the US and there is a significant demand for qualified workers. SunSpec Cyberguardians aims to place military veterans in new career opportunities in the DE industry by helping them to build on existing experience, develop new skills, and secure relevant credentials for the current job market.
Step 1: Sign Up
Tell us you're interested and why.
Step 2: Qualify
Schedule an interview to tell us about your experience and motivation.
Step 3: Apply for Funding
Qualified students will receive scholarships and/or discounts.