BELLE GLADE — High school students, many from Palm Beach County’s most economically depressed neighborhoods, are one-step closer to career-launching, skilled trade jobs in Florida’s expanding solar industry, thanks to a $105,000 donation from the Moss Foundation to Student ACES’ solar workforce development program. The check presentation took place on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Student ACES Center, 915 S. Main Street in Belle Glade.
“We are excited to support Student ACES and this important initiative,” said Chad Moss, president of the Moss Foundation. “There are tremendous career opportunities in this specialized field of construction, and we want to provide students who are considering this path the experiences they need to understand their options and the tools to achieve their career goals.”
The Student ACES workforce development program exposes students to well-paying jobs in the solar industry that do not require a college degree. Students will also visit some of the nine Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) solar energy centers that Moss Construction is helping to build throughout the state. The students will learn firsthand about career opportunities from individuals working in the solar industry. The program also offers workshops that focus on character education, financial literacy, safety and time management. The students also will learn how to write a resume, complete a job application, and practice interviewing skills.
“Student ACES helps students seize the many opportunities that await them, whether that’s going to college, entering the workforce or a combination of both,” said Krissy Webb, executive director of Student ACES. “Our unique programs build character and integrity. Students gain a strong foundation that they can draw on throughout their lives to overcome the various challenges they will encounter no matter what road they choose.”
Florida continues to rank among the top states for solar jobs led by FPL’s unprecedented solar expansion – installing 30 million more solar panels by 2030 – one of the largest in the country. FPL is a longtime supporter and sponsor of Student ACES and is an integral partner in the workforce development program. Members of FPL’s solar team mentor the students at the Belle Glade center, and several of the students have been hired directly by FPL or Moss Construction.
“FPL proudly supports organizations such as Student ACES that break down barriers to opportunities for students, especially in the STEM field; after all, these young men and women are the state’s future leaders and it’s critical they have the tools to thrive,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “We commend Moss for making such an important investment in these students’ futures.”