Redstone College celebrated the first class to enroll in the school's new wind energy technology program at an event held on the Broomfield, Colo., campus. Industry officials and political leaders attended the event.
Redstone's 15-month curriculum focuses on hands-on learning with test equipment and troubleshooting for the processes of installation, testing and repair of wind turbines. Safety training is also a critical component of the program, and students will receive training in first aid, fire suppression, climb safety, and current Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards.
‘Based on the industry need and our program elements, we believe the most common hiring opportunities for our graduates will come from manufacturers, wind farm owners and utility companies,’ says Mike Couling, Redstone College campus president.
Redstone is utilizing an actual wind turbine, which will be converted to a ground-floor wind lab. The school also presented its program to wind energy companies such as Vestas, Suzlon and Renewable Energy Systems in an effort to build partnerships.
‘This new program promises to help build a well-trained, highly skilled workforce, which is critical to wind energy development in Colorado and elsewhere in the U.S,’ says Doug Macdonald, senior vice president of government relations for Vestas American-Wind Technology Inc.
SOURCE: Redstone College