Thursday, September 25, 2008

Creating a wind-based career path


(From The Daily, the MaineBiz daily email news blast)
Northern Maine Community College next fall plans to start training wind power technicians, the first program of its kind in New England, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The Maine Community College System board of trustees approved the program at a meeting last night in South Portland, the newspaper reported. Officials at NMCC said the program, which will train technicians to operate, maintain and repair wind turbine generators, was inspired by the increased interest in wind power in Maine and the fact Maine's first large-scale wind farm in Mars Hills is just a few miles down the road from the campus in Presque Isle.

NMCC says it could offer initial courses as early as January, with the whole program online for the fall.

Hopefully this is the first of many other programs that will help lead Maine forward, embracing green collar jobs, and helping the Pine Tree State get out in front on the energy issue.

For additional reading on a workforce strategy that can work for Maine, download this executive summary of Greener Pathways, from the Apollo Alliance.
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2 comments:

Whit R said...

Hi, there. Thanks for spreading the word about the Mainebiz Daily. In the future, can you include a link to our website and the news item you are blogging about? Maybe instead of reprinting the entire news item, you could summarize it in your blog, or use the first paragraph, and then link people to the full item on our site. In this case, you could link people here: http://www.mainebiz.biz/news43444.html

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Whit Richardson
Web Editor, Mainebiz
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