Sterling, Colo.-based Northeastern Junior College (NJC) says it is set to begin the fifth year of its wind technology training program.
With the help of industry partners, NJC says its applied science degree for the wind technology program has produced competent and well-rounded technicians who can adapt to different technologies and situations. The local wind companies have helped by supplying equipment, advice and donations to advance the college's program. The students complete a 240-hour internship in the wind industry to gain valuable work experience. The junior college maintains that students must also take general education classes that advance computer and communication skills.
Situated near the Nebraska state line, NJC says its location is a hotbed for wind development. According to NJC, there are over 800 MW produced in an 80 mile radius of the school, with two more sites going up this summer that will be producing an additional 200 MW to 300 MW. In fact, the NJC notes there are six different turbine technologies in operation nearby.
Additionally, NJC says 14 of the 17 technicians in the 2012 graduation class have found employment within three months of graduation. The junior college notes that companies such as GE, NextEra Energy, Invenergy, enXco and Blattner hired the technicians.