CCC adds 'new' wind turbine program to growing list of green technology offerings

PLATTSBURGH - Clinton Community College has received news from the New York State Education Department that a 'new' Wind Turbine Service Technician certificate program request has been approved and will be offered this fall. The certificate is designed to prepare students to begin their career in wind energy or enhance current employment in the renewable energy industry.

The 31-credit hour program will provide students with a strong background in industrial electricity and mechanical systems in order to safely and competently work in the wind energy industry. All credit hours in this certificate are transferable to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology A.A.S. degree program.

"The Wind Turbine Service Technician certificate will complement our Wind Energy and Turbine Technology A.A.S degree that began last year," said Dr. Cheryl Reagan, vice president of academic affairs. "A student can complete the certificate full time in a year and the degree in two years. The graduates of the certificate will have the necessary skills to go right to work on the wind turbines. Those who choose the degree will have the skills to supervise the technicians and troubleshoot."

"We are very excited to be part of New York's renewable energy goals and provide the opportunity for our community members to gain the necessary skills for employment," added Reagan.

Mark Buckley, assistant professor of the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program said, "A graduate from the Wind Turbine Service Technician Certificate program will be able to perform a variety of maintenance procedures not only on wind turbines but on a wide range of electrical and rotating mechanical systems."

"Classes will have an array of lab activities that will simulate problems that are commonly encountered in the field," he added.

"Two years ago, Clinton Community College became the first and only college in New York to offer an associate's degree in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology," said CCC president John E. Jablonski. "Today we are pleased to announce our new one-year certificate program, another first in New York State."

For more information about the new Wind Turbine Service Technician Certificate program, contact Mark Buckley at 562-4303, college admissions at 562-4170 or 1-800-552-1160, or visit www.clinton.edu.

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