Monday, August 03, 2009

Midwest Monday: Renewable Energy Degrees Expand

The renewable energy industry may be struggling in this tough economy like everyone else, but that doesn't mean it's going away anytime soon. In fact, technical colleges are continuing to expand programs to train workers in the industry.

One of the most recent ones in my neck of the woods is St. Cloud Technical College, which will begin offering a two-year degree in energy technology this fall. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States and is being launched with a three-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Students who earn the associate degree will be able to work in renewable and traditional energy fields and earn certification in specialty areas like ethanol production, biodiesel production, wind turbine maintenance or solar-energy assessment.

via the St. Cloud Times


MathPrincess said...

Red Rocks community college near us has a similar program.

I think these specialized programs are great for people looking to get in a new field that will most likely be in very high demand in coming years.

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