Northwest Renewable Energy Institute Receives Expert Recognition at the Windpower 2010 Trade Show and Conference in Dallas, May 23-26

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Northwest Renewable Energy Institute’s Director of Renewable Energy Technology, Tracy Rascoe of Vancouver Washington, is scheduled to present as an industry expert during the 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, Texas this May. In attendance will be former U.S. President George W. Bush and TV star Jason Alexander from the popular sitcom, Seinfeld. Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NW-REI) is the largest private accredited program in the country and began offering classes in July of 2009. NW-REI trains wind turbine technicians and recently won recognition from Vancouver Business Journal as "Start Up of the Year".

Northwest Renewable Energy Institute’s Director of Renewable Energy Technology, Tracy Rascoe, is scheduled to present as an industry expert during the 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, Texas this May. In attendance will be former U.S. President George W. Bush and TV star Jason Alexander from the popular sitcom, Seinfeld.

Rascoe will be sharing Tips to Begin Your Career in Wind. “As with any growing industry, there is a huge need for qualified candidates in sales, projects management, human resources, information technology and more”, says Rascoe. “However, with the wind industry growing as fast as it is, there are simply not enough qualified professionals available to fill the open positions. Northwest Renewable Energy Institute is in the business of training people to fill that gap.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) set a goal in 2007 to increase wind power in our country to 20%. Wind power currently accounts for 1.9% of total energy. In addition, there are currently 31 states with some form of renewable energy standard that needs to be met quickly. The wind energy industry needs an influx of skilled, experienced engineers, tradesman, business professionals and construction workers. The Windpower 2010 Trade Show and Conference will focus on how workers can find opportunities in the wind industry, as well as how they can apply current skills toward a job in the industry.

“Nearly 10 years ago when I joined the industry, we were at 0.5% of all our power coming from wind energy, today we are still not even at 2%. It does not take a rocket scientist to see we have a great deal of growth ahead to reach the DOE goal of 20% by 2030,” says Rascoe.

Director Rascoe is also scheduled as a moderator, alongside Khianti Silver, HR American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) during the question and answer period at the end of the conference. Rascoe encourages interested applicants to make an informed decision. “Sit down and think about what kind of career you really want and include loved ones in your decision making process. Ask yourself if you’re really passionate about wind energy as a career. Genuine enthusiasm and passion will be seen and felt, making a huge difference in achieving success in your career.”

The conference and trade show is held May 23-26 at the Convention Center Theater in Dallas, Texas. Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NW-REI) is also sending Lisa Schmidt, Director of Career Development, Kathy Johnson, Career Development Instructor, David Hastings Instructor, Stephen Koyen Director of Admissions. Seminars include topics on Careers in Wind, Starting Your Career in Wind Energy, Introduction to the Wind Industry, Types of Jobs in the Wind Industry, Case Studies and more.

“Our common goal will be to meet with employers, build business relationships with these companies and create national and international awareness for NW-REI,” says Schmidt.

NW-REI is the largest private accredited program in the country and began offering classes in July of 2009. New classes begin every month, each month accommodating a maximum of 48 students with 24 in each class. NW-REI is a division of the International Air & Hospitality Academy (IAHA) family of trade schools, operating in Vancouver, Washington since 1979. IAHA and its affiliated schools NW-REI and Northwest Culinary Institute are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). There have been three graduating classes from NW-REI totaling ninety-eight graduates and many graduates have been placed in jobs across the United States.

Over the past 30 years more than 25,000 graduates have launched successful careers following an educational foundation received in one if IAHA’s Air, Culinary, Hospitality, or Wind programs. For more information on NW-REI, go to http://www.nw-rei.com. For more information on the 2010 Windpower Conference and Exhibition, go to http://www.windpowerexpo.org.

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