Pinnacle Career Institute Students Meeting the Demand for Trained Wind Technicians

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Over the past five years, wind energy has become the fastest-growing source of energy in the world with an average annual growth rate of over 20 percent, according to the BTM Consult in its 14th annual update on the status of the international wind power industry. Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI) recognized the urgency in this important field and began enrolling for its Wind Turbine Technician program last year. Currently, over 230 students are enrolled in this 11-month program at PCI's North Kansas City, South Kansas City, Lawrence and online campuses.

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PCI continually strives to ensure that our academic programs are aligned with the changing needs of business and industry in the 21st century, so preparing graduates for the alternative energy industries was a natural progression for our schools

Over the past five years, wind energy has become the fastest-growing source of energy in the world with an average annual growth rate of over 20 percent, according to the BTM Consult in its 14th annual update on the status of the international wind power industry. Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI) recognized the urgency in this important field and began enrolling for its Wind Turbine Technician program last year. Currently, over 230 students are enrolled in this 11-month program at PCI's North Kansas City, South Kansas City, Lawrence and online campuses.

The hands-on program, created in response to a need for technicians in the emerging wind energy field, was the first of its kind in the Kansas City metropolitan area and made PCI the second school in Kansas to offer wind energy education. With new wind turbines being built in 34 U.S. states, Pinnacle Career Institute and its partner for the Wind Turbine Technician program, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Sweetwater, Texas, are helping to pioneer the wind energy industry.

Wind energy provides renewable, clean electricity that is both economical and environmentally friendly. By using wind energy, corporations and other energy users are able to avoid contaminating the atmosphere with heavy metals; particulate matter; and greenhouse gases like sulfur hexafluoride, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide. Energy generated by wind power also lessens the amount of smog and acid rain caused by burning fossil fuels and reduces overall contribution to global climate change.

"PCI continually strives to ensure that our academic programs are aligned with the changing needs of business and industry in the 21st century, so preparing graduates for the alternative energy industries was a natural progression for our schools," said Dr. Blake Faulkner, President of PCI. "We're pleased at how quickly students recognized the immense potential in this new program. They should be proud of the careers they're embarking upon. They're entering into an industry that will help shape the future."

For more information about the Wind Turbine Technician program or potential collaboration in the development of the wind energy industry in this region, contact Ed M. Colon, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, at 816-268-3400, ext. 3461, or via email at ecolon(at)pcitraining(dot)edu.

About Pinnacle Career Institute
For more than 50 years, Pinnacle Career Institute has provided quality career education in competitive fields such as Alternate Energy, Business, Health & Fitness, Medical, and Trades and Technical. Along with its online division, Pinnacle Career Institute has 3 campuses located in the Kansas City, MO area and our campus in Lawrence, KS. Pinnacle Career Institute offers flexible scheduling options and quality skill education. To learn more about PCI, visit http://www.pcitraining.edu or call (816) 331-5700.

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