Frankford High School is selected to pioneer a course in green energy

Mike DeNardo
August 16, 2019 - 4:56 pm
Philadelphia high school is selected to pioneer a course in green energy

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia high school is pioneering a course in green energy.

The City of Philadelphia and the School District say they have selected Frankford High School to host what they call the nation's first course in solar energy. 

The three-year course of study would begin for sophomores, a year from now. 

Frankford principal Michael Calderone says students can continue their solar studies in college, or move directly into a career.

"They want to be part of the solution and leave the world a better place than they found it,” he said. “This program will absolutely provide my students, who have frequently been underserved and oftentimes marginalized, the opportunity to do just that."

Frankford High School student at Philadelphia City Hall
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The course is being developed with the Philadelphia Energy Authority, which runs a separate solar installation training program for high schoolers. 

"From this program we are leaving to become electricians, architects, engineers, and oh-- solar installers, of course," said Eighteen-year-old Kayla Brown, who was at Friday's graduation ceremony at City Hall.

The Energy Authority says they are working with the district to get the solar curriculum approved for the fall of 2020.