Northeastern Junior College seeking applicants for accelerated wind tech training program

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Northeastern Junior College (NJC) located in Sterling is looking for candidates for its five-week Summer Wind Energy Institute. The Institute runs during the summer months and provides intensive wind tower technology training. The program will hold an applicant screening on March 30.

In 2010, NJC implemented a fast-track program for those interested in becoming wind energy technicians. Funded by the Department of Labor (DOL), this five-week summer Intensive program is aimed specifically towards those who have a strong electronics or electro-mechanical background; who are unemployed workers without a job who want and are available to work; dislocated workers — individuals who were terminated or laid–off or have received a notice of termination or lay-off from employment or were self-employed but are now unemployed.

Also qualifying for this grant-funded training are incumbent workers, meaning individuals who are employed but need training to secure full-time employment, advance in their careers, or retain their current occupations and those with military background, since military training in electronics is similar to what is used in wind technology. Individuals with this type of background are especially well suited for the Summer Wind Energy Institute. Last but not least, the program will look at applicants who have a strong electronics background, regardless where they received the former training in this area.

Qualifying candidates may receive full funding for the cost of the training through the DOL grant. The summer institute will train chosen candidates to transition their skills into the wind industry starting with basic refresher courses and then hands-on wind specific trainers. Graduates of this program will receive a Wind Technician Certificate.

Courses taught during the five-week period include job training and safety, industrial electronics, motors and controls and wind turbine climbing skills. Soft skills such as resume writing and interviewing are also covered. Some OSHA training is also provided.

Anyone interested in being considered for the Summer Wind Energy Institute should attend the March 30 screening date, where you will tour the program, visit a wind farm, and be tested to see if you qualify for the program. The summer program will begin in May 29th and run through June 29th. There is housing available for students on the campus during this training.

If you would like to reserve a space on a screening day or would like more information please call Neil Browne 970-521-6737, Derek Herbert 970-521-6714 or visit