Wind Summer Intensive Five-Week Program
We are currently screening applicants! Learn more about the upcoming Summer Wind Institute here! The Wind Summer Intensive Five-Week program is designed to accelerate and specialize the training process in order to equip students for the career field. This program benefits:
Veterans or individuals with a military background, especially in electronics, will be given primary consideration for grant positions. Since military training in electronics is similar to what is used in wind technology, individuals with this type of background are especially well suited for the Summer Wind Energy Institute.
Individuals who are without a job and who want and are available to work.
Individuals who were terminated or laid–off or have received a notice of termination or lay-off from employment or were self-employed but are now unemployed.
Individuals who are employed but need training to secure full-time employment, advance in their careers, or retain their current occupations.
Individuals with a strong electronics background, will benefit from this program. Individuals with this type of background are especially well suited for the Summer Wind Energy Institute.
Two Year (AAS) Wind Technology Degree
NJC also offers a Two-Year Wind Energy Technology degree. Learn more about the Two-Year Wind Energy Technology degree here. Industry skills for a Wind Technician include:
- Lock out/Tag out procedures, fall protection & PPE, and CPR/AED certification
- Able to work unsupervised for extended periods of time in changing/extreme conditions
- Ability to climb 300 ft. towers, work in confined spaces, and at height safely
- Capable of simple Algebra and metric conversions
- Able to read & comprehend technical manuals & schematic diagrams
- Computer literate, MS Word and Excel, network knowledge helpful
- Familiar with multi-meter, hydraulic torque equipment, & shaft alignment methods
- Knowledge of PLCs, electronics, & low/medium voltage three phase applications
DOL Grant Information
In 2010, Northeastern Junior College received a Department of Labor Grant that focuses on training wind technicians. It provides unique opportunities for certain groups.
This project provides training, education, and job placement assistance to prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries.
The project will offer training for two skill levels. Those with minimal skills will enter a 2-year program of study at Northeastern Junior College, and will be connected with the Academic Support Programs Department. They will work toward an AAS degree, as requested by industry partners. Some students will qualify for the Credits for Prior Learning Program. It is anticipated that veterans with experience in electronics, and other related fields, will be among those who qualify for the program. These participants will be offered the opportunity to attend an intensive 5-week summer program. They will subsequently receive a Wind Technician Certificate. Pikes Peak Community College will assist with student recruitment and preparation of appropriate candidates. Eastern Colorado Workforce will provide case management.
Prior to course work, students will be evaluated for basic math, reading and language needs – and will be connected with appropriate members of the college Academic Support Division. Once classes begin, students will be required to meet with their advisor twice a semester. Both professional and student tutors will be available. However, the biggest assistance for the targeted population may be financial, and the college will be addressing those needs. Through the use of Workforce, the college Step Into Your Future Program, and Northeastern Junior College instructor contacts, the project will connect students with potential employers. However, the college believes that the internship program will, for many students, lead to permanent employment.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has awarded Northeastern Junior College a $1,323,000.00 Community-Based Job Training Grant for the Wind-Energy Program. This will provide 58% of the funds needed for the project. Partners and previously received grants will provide up to $933,745 in resources.
Credit for Prior Learning
Adult learners may receive credit for learning obtained outside the college classroom if the learning gained through work and/or life experience is college level and relates to the student's individual education program. Learn more about Credit for Prior Learning here.
Please feel free to contact us with questions.
Jason Hazlett, Director of Renewable Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org 970.521.6798
Neil Browne, Wind Tech Distance Learning Coordinator/Recruiter, email@example.com 970.521.6737
James Lenzen, Assistant Director of Renewable Energy, firstname.lastname@example.org 970.521.6740