Norfolk Daily News Guest Opinion: Northeast helps fuel economy through wind energy program

      Written by Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast Community College President


As Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning mentioned in a recent column in the Daily News, wind farms are providing an economic boost to this region of Nebraska by creating a larger tax base and more job opportunities. Our graduates now in the profession are telling us the same thing. Wind farms in Northeast Nebraska have allowed many of our graduates to remain close to home while earning exceptional income. Of the 57 graduates, all but twenty are employed in Nebraska, with 89 percent of them working in the industry. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the wind energy technology program, students learn a high level of hydraulics, electrical concepts, welding and mechanics, which allows them to also pursue other industrial maintenance related careers. Read more here.

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Seeking a balance on wind energy, by Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning