The 26-week academy will be based on a European certification standard and train people to work on the utility-grade turbines that are found on wind farms.
There is a similar program to it in Alberta, Canada, but when this program launches in October through KVCC's Michigan Technical Education Center, it will be the only one like it in the United States, said Jim DeHaven, vice president for economic and business development for KVCC.
"People are going to be coming from all over the country to get into this class because the waiting list is so long in Alberta," DeHaven said.
In addition to the wind turbine course, the college is also "contracting with Entegrity Wind Systems Inc. to become the company's U. S. workforce-development headquarters". KVCC recently installed its own turbine at the college, and the company will train in "sales and service personnel in marketing its products, and certify workers in the installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of its 50-kilowatt, 145-foot turbines like the one at KVCC." You know, jobs.