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Published on February 7th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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New Mexican Community College Offers New Opportunity With Wind Program

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February 7th, 2012 by  

One of the underlying themes of the renewable energy economy is the opportunities it can present to those economically disadvantaged. A new program being offered by a New Mexico Community College is doing that.

Mesalands Community College’s North American Wind Research and Training Center in Tucumcari, New Mexico is offering what looks like an exciting twelve-week program  for an Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology.

Funding for the program is received through a $523,751 Wind Centre of Excellence grant. The program offers US citizens who are low-income, displaced, veterans, or veteran spouses the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the wind industry.

“This program is designed to educate students on the basics of the wind energy industry, as they gain real-world training experience climbing our wind turbine,” said Mesaland Community College’s President Dr. Mildred Lovato, on the importance of the program in a press release.  “We also want to stimulate our local, regional, statewide, and national economy by preparing individuals for a rewarding career in a growing field,” she said.

The program over the twelve weeks will teach students the basics in wind turbine maintenance, tower safety, wind economics, and wind turbine technology.  Some of the courses being offered will be in hydraulics, electricity and mechanics. Accepted students will also have an opportunity to get some hands on learning with a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, near the center. The program begins on February 13. For more, go to Mesalands Community College’s website.

It is great to see programs like the one being offered at Mesalands Community College popping up, as such training programs are critical to our transition to clean energy jobs and making this industry accessible to those who would not normally have such an opportunity.

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About the Author

Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



  • Anonymous

    Seeing education centers put their training on-line and in multimedia form also helps. Having e-reader or tablet computer downloads available in lieu of traditional textbooks also cuts costs (and would appear to be better than cutting millions of trees down).
    Some of the more progressive solar installs are already doing the very same thing. It is a great way to get a lot more consumer owned solar on America’s rooftops.

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