Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Harlingen is offering a wind energy technology program. A $238,678 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is funding the first phase of program development. It includes $75,000 in free tuition for qualifying students who enroll in the new program. Studies will start with online courses before the program expands.
Applications for the summer semester are now available, and registration will begin May 10. The first set of wind energy technology online classes will begin May 24, and completion of the summer-semester courses is scheduled for Aug. 20.
‘This is a brand-new program, and it opens up many possible avenues, many versatile options for trained technicians,’ says Enrique Carrillo, wind energy technology instructor. ‘The skill sets students will master also apply to the repair and maintenance of wind energy equipment and the assembly of parts and components to build wind turbines.’
Carrillo worked in the energy industry for 30 years in specializations such as instrumentation, electronics, quality control, environment, operations and mechanics.
Many of the online courses through TSTC Harlingen are based on curriculum implemented during the past three years at TSTC West Texas based in Sweetwater, an educational hub at the center of one of the largest wind energy fields in the world.
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