Wind energy certification program to help meet the growing industry

Tucumcari, NM - As the wind industry continues to grow, certified technicians remain in demand.

To help meet that demand, one area college is staring a new training.

Mesalands Community College wind program will start a new 12-week certification program for those with low income, displaced workers and veterans.

The program will teach the students hands-on how you work with, build and fix wind turbines.

Jim Morgan, the director of the program, says the wind industry is growing at a fast pace, so it is essential to get more workers trained and in the field.

"Well if you stop and think about it, in the United States we install three thousand, three hundred wind turbines last year. That's a minimum if 330 technicians needed in the field and that's not counting turn over and repair companies and things like that. It is imperative that we continue to supply that workforce with trained individuals that can do that work," said Morgan.

Mesalands Community College will begin the program Monday.

They are hoping getting the students trained and ready for the job market will help the local, regional and state economies.