UNLV already has an environmental program, but now it's starting a minor dedicated to learning about solar and renewable energy. Undergraduates and graduates will have more opportunity when they get out into the real world with a degree that's both competitive and good for the environment.
NV Energy, Nevada’s merged power company, donated $500,000 to the university to help fund the program. That money will be used for scholarships, assistantships and internships with NV Energy.
"The Solar and Renewable Energy Minor is an ideal industry-education partnership that will provide our students with career opportunities in the booming green job market and supply the workforce needed to support the alternative energy industry in our state and community," said Tom Piechota, UNLV director of sustainability and multidisciplinary research in a UNLV press release.
The program begins this fall.