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Wind Energy Blog No. 3: A Wind Energy Degree Program

| 4/20/2011 3:11:46 PM

Wind Energy Blog No. 3: A Wind Energy Degree ProgramThe wind industry continues to develop, and the need for educated and experienced workers grows. We decided to take a closer look at one college that has developed a program to meet this need. In 2003, Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa, became the first wind energy degree program in the state.

Through a series of grants and partnerships, Iowa Lakes has been able to develop their program and grow from the first class of 15 to today’s enrollment of almost 200.

“We have grown from one lecture room and one lab to four lecture rooms and six labs,” says Dan Lutat, the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program director.

Lutat largely attributes the program’s success to the individuals that make up the faculty.

“We are fortunate to have a team of instructors that are here because they want to be, and because they want to have a positive impact on something that’s good for America,” Lutat says.

Iowa Lakes offers two degree options. The first option, a one-year program, requires three semesters and offers a Diploma in Wind Energy. The second option, the two-year program, requires five semesters of work, and the students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. While attending the program, students receive training in wind turbine operation and maintenance jobs.

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