The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College in New Mexico has been awarded a $523,751 Wind Center of Excellence grant.
The grant was issued through New Mexico's Energy Sector Partnership and Training Grant Centers of Excellence, which were established to expand existing green industry programs and develop new programs that could be used throughout the state.
‘The Wind Center of Excellence grant will allow our college to share the resources of the North American Wind Research and Training Center with the rest of the state in order to build a strong workforce in the wind industry,’ says Mildred Lovato, president of Mesalands Community College.
Mesalands has partnered with various local workforce development boards, including the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board, Central New Mexico Community College and the Estancia Valley Economic Development Corp.
The college has also partnered with two institutions, CNM Community College and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Two green businesses, Baker Concrete and Magnum Steel Buildings Inc., will also play a major part in the program.