Tribal Train The Trainer Program
October 2 - October 3
Red Cloud Renewable’s Executive Director, Henry Red Cloud and Solar Energy International (SEI) have worked together on renewable energy training and projects for more than 20 years. In 2019, they created the professional level Tribal Train the Trainer (T4) Program that is designed specifically to build the Native American solar workforce, while concurrently providing the solar trainers and tribal solar advocate network that will spread this technology all across Indian Country!
In 2019 nine RCR students took the T4 training – three women and six men from five tribes. Five went on to get their national NABCEP solar technician certification. In 2020, six students were selected and funded, but COVID-19 pushed off their classes into 2021.
The selected 2020/21 Tribal Train the Trainer Scholarship recipients are: Gwe Gasco (White Earth), Gail Huebbling (Yankton Sioux), Jon Edwards (Standing Rock), Wambli Red Cloud (Pine Ridge), Chris French (Yankton) and Rachael La Friniere (Turtle Mountain).
Because of the deep caring and generous support of our funders including the All Points North Foundation, the Turner Foundation and the non-profit organization, In Our Hands, these two women and four men from five tribes will receive full scholarships. Scholarships cover the cost of their T4 teachers, curriculum and materials, as well as their meals and lodging at the Sacred Earth Lodge, the cost for their national NABCEP solar certification test and a partial travel stipend.