Eleven men on Thursday celebrated the completion of a 96-hour-long certification course on “smart meters” at the Verdugo Jobs Center — the first of its kind in Glendale.
Under the instruction of Professor Alan Sanga, who has an electrical engineering background and teaches at Glendale Community College, the class learned all things smart meter — which provide utilities with real-time data on customer energy use — along with electricity basics and alternative electricity sources.
The graduation comes as Glendale and Burbank convert to smart grids.
“We also studied the importance of windmills and solar panels,” Sanga said. “It’s very important nowadays that we resort to electricity generation, that we have clean air and reduce use of fuel, oil and coal.”