By Anna Luke, Into the Wind, American Wind Energy Association Blog
Where are wind tech jobs located?
Most wind tech jobs are located in the center of the country and west coast. This makes
sense – the jobs are near the turbines, and those areas are where most of the country’s wind towers have been built. But there are utility-scale wind projects in 41 states, and every one of those wind farms needs a team of technicians to keep things running smoothly. As wind energy expands to other areas, including offshore development, even more techs will be needed.
For more information about the profession, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website. And check out this video to hear what it’s like to work as a wind tech:
Read the entire AWEA blog post here.
NEWS STORIES ABOUT NEBRASKA WIND TECH TRAINING PROGRAMS
- CCC wind turbine source of energy, education, Hastings Tribune
Central Community College’s Website
- Program Helps Satisfy Nebraska’s Growing Wind Energy Workforce Demand, NET News
Northeast Community College’s Website
NEBRASKA COMMUNITY COLLEGE GAP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Nebraska’s Community College Gap Assistance Program offers financial aid to community college students taking non-credit courses that could lead to jobs in high-need fields. Eligible fields include renewable energy.
Qualifying applicants are low-income students who would not be eligible for federal financial aid because, although they’re enrolled in college, they are not enrolled in courses for credit that lead directly to a degree.
The program, which launched July 1, 2016, receives 9 percent of the available Nebraska Lottery funds set aside for education every year. This equates to about $1.4 million for FY 2016-17. Gap Program funds will be distributed to the state’s community colleges, which will recruit and select eligible low-income students in identified high-need fields to receive grants.
Eligible students must have a family income at or below 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Student grants can be used for tuition, direct training costs, required books and equipment, and fees, including those for industry testing services and background check services.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
- Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
- Nebraska Community College Gap Assistance Program Guidelines (PDF)
COMMUNITY COLLEGE GAP CONTACT INFORMATION
Central Community College: Ronald Kluck: 402-562-1253 firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Community College: Scott Broady: 402-738-4526 email@example.com
Mid-Plains Community College: Angela Raby: 308-535-3678 firstname.lastname@example.org
Southeast Community College: Amy Chesley: 402-437-2711 email@example.com
Western Nebraska Community College: Doug Mader: 308-630-6556 firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING / VIEWING
- Women’s History Month: Saluting the women of wind energy, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog
- Nebraska Wind Energy Fact Sheet – AWEA