The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce a new twelve-week program for an Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology. This program is grant funded for U.S. citizens that meet specific qualifications including, displaced workers, veterans and qualified spouses of veterans, or individuals who qualify as low income.
The certification program is the result of the Wind Center of Excellence grant the Wind Center recently received ($523,751) to provide workforce development for workers seeking a career in the wind industry. “The College is excited to be offering this twelve-week certification program in wind energy to individuals that meet the grant funding qualifications,” said Dr. Mildred Lovato, President of Mesalands Community College. “The program will educate students in the industry basics as they gain real-world training experience climbing our wind turbine. We also want to stimulate our local, regional, statewide, and national economy by preparing individuals for a rewarding career in a growing field.”
Students in the program will learn wind turbine technology, turbine maintenance, tower safety, and wind economics. Course topics include studies in electricity, hydraulics, and mechanics, along with hands-on training on the College’s 1.5 megawatt wind turbine located adjacent the new Wind Center.
“This new program allows the North American Wind Research and Training Center to better serve the nation by providing a grant funded twelve-week training course for the Wind Energy Technology Program,” said Jim Morgan, Director of the North American Wind Research and Training Center
Initial classes for this new 12-week program start February 13, 2012. For a list of the grant funding qualifications and admission information, visit www.mesalands.edu/wind or call (575) 461-4413, ext. 156, or toll-free at (800) 261-4877.
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