If you have traveled certain areas of Michigan and the United States, you've seen wind farms pop up with sometimes hundreds of turbines in rural areas during the last several years. Along with creating renewable energy, it has also led to the creation of over 100,000 jobs, and many of these wind energy professionals have trained in southwest Michigan.

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College created the Wind Turbine Technician Academy in 2009 to meet workforce challenges of the wind industry and support students interested in launching careers as wind turbine technicians by providing a fast track to jobs that are in demand. An opportunity is coming up for anyone who might be interested in exploring this field.

(Courtesy: Delia Baker)

On Tuesday, October 22nd, an open house will be held at the college from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for their Wind Turbine Technician Academy. Representatives from NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. will be on hand to give a presentation during the open house. The company also recently donated two wind turbine nacelles to the school’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy. The media and attendees will have the chance to watch training demonstrations on the newly donated equipment during the open house.

(Courtesy: Delia Baker)

During the open house, you'll be able to:

  • Tour Wind Turbine Technician Academy Labs
  • Observe Hands-On Skills Demonstrations
  • Talk with Employers and Instructors
  • Meet with Industry Insiders
  • Learn About the Advances of Renewable Energy in the U.S.
  • Observe Classes While in Session
  • Learn About Financial Aid and Veteran Education Benefits
  • Learn About Career Opportunities in Renewable Energy

The event will be hosted at Kalamazoo Valley's Groves Campus:
7107 Elm Valley Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

To learn more about the program CLICK HERE or contact Delia Baker at dbaker2@kvcc.edu or 269-353-1554