Pinnacle Career Institute Helps Meet the Demand for Trained Wind Technicians Across Kansas

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Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI) is now enrolling for the newly created Wind Turbine Technician program at their Lawrence campus.

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We've all heard about careers in green technologies being the wave of the future. In regards to the need for wind turbine technicians, that wave is here now

Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI) is now enrolling for the newly created Wind Turbine Technician program at their Lawrence campus. Pinnacle Career Institute joins Cloud County Community College in Concordia as the only schools in Kansas to offer wind energy education. The new 11-month technician program gives students hands-on experience.

The program is the first of its kind in the Kansas City metropolitan area and was created in response to an increasing need for technicians in the emerging wind energy field. With new wind turbines being built in 34 U.S. states, Pinnacle Career Institute is meeting the demand for trained technicians.

PCI and its partner for the Wind Turbine Technician program, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Sweetwater, Texas, are very excited to offer hands-on experience to their students. TSTC is a system of two-year technical colleges, the only state-operated system of its kind in Texas. In 2007, TSTC, already a leader in renewable energy curricula, created the first community college wind energy program in Texas and purchased a demonstration 60-cycle, 2-megawatt turbine prototype for student training.

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. 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.

“We’ve all heard about careers in green technologies being the wave of the future. In regards to the need for wind turbine technicians, that wave is here now,” said Dr. Blake Faulkner, President of PCI. “Consistent with our mission and long history of developing quality graduates for careers in electronics and technical industry-related fields, preparing the technicians required by employers in the alternative energy industries is a natural progression for PCI. We continually strive to ensure that our academic programs are aligned with the changing needs of business and industry in the 21st century.”

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 for PCI, 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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