Mesalands Community College grant goes to developing wind energy

January 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News


Mesalands Community College hasl developed a one-semester program that now offers an Occupational Certificate in Wind Energy Technology. So far, the program has graduated 40 students from six states. 

Mesalands Community College hasl developed a one-semester program that now offers an Occupational Certificate in Wind Energy Technology. So far, the program has graduated 40 students from six states. 








Dan Mayfield
Reporter- Albuquerque Business First

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New Mexico’s growing wind energy industry is getting a boost from Mesalands Community College.

Last year Mesalands received a $523,751 grant, which it has used to expand its green industry programs. The school developed a one-semester program that now offers an Occupational Certificate in Wind Energy Technology. So far, the program has graduated 40 students from six states.

In a release on Friday, the school said that the Wind Center of Excellence grant through the U.S. Department of Labor has resulted in some students receiving grants that pay for fees, tuition, equipment and supplies.

Mesalands has a 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbine adjacent to the Wind Center, in which students receive realistic hands-on training and troubleshooting experience. The turbine is also used for research projects in the future advancement of wind energy.

The next semester begins Jan. 22 in Tucumcari.


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