Wind Turbine Technician Academy Trainee Isaiah Fellers Awarded Stoner Schmiege Scholarship

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Living a fulfilled life and the opportunity to travel the country are what inspired Isaiah Fellers to join Kalamazoo Valley’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy (WTTA). Recently awarded the Stoner Schmiege Scholarship for wind turbine technician trainees, Fellers is the newest Kalamazoo Valley WTTA student to have the honor of having his name added to an exclusively growing list of distinguished recipients

Living a fulfilled life and the opportunity to travel the country are what inspired Isaiah Fellers to join Kalamazoo Valley’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy (WTTA). Recently awarded the Stoner Schmiege Scholarship for wind turbine technician trainees, Fellers is the newest Kalamazoo Valley WTTA student to have the honor of having his name added to an exclusively growing list of distinguished recipients.

Residing in Colon, Michigan, 21-year-old Fellers enjoys spending his spare time outdoors like many Michiganders with activities such as swimming, bike riding, fishing and spending time with his younger brother. Though what motivates Fellers to pursue his goals as a wind turbine technician trainee is the passion to never let an opportunity pass him by.

“My goals and dreams would probably be to just live a fulfilled life,” Fellers said. “I’d love to look back at life and think there’s nothing I regretted.”

Prior to attending the Wind Turbine Technician Academy, Fellers spent time at Kalamazoo Valley through his travels with Science Olympiad, a competitive program where teams comprised of middle school/ high school aged students take part in science-oriented events which take place at different locations throughout the country. While taking part in the program, Fellers enjoyed diversifying his expertise with a well-rounded palette of topics and activities and feels fortunate to have taken part in the experience. Though what lead Fellers back to Kalamazoo Valley to pursue a career as a wind turbine technician was an eagerness to enjoy his passions and explore his opportunities.

“I wanted to do something with heights, and I wanted to travel,” Fellers said. “I was looking at some options and I found the academy.”

While pursuing his goals as an academy trainee, Fellers explained how receiving the scholarship will assist him with transportation to school as well as provide a foundation for a future career as a wind turbine technician. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunities and career nourishment that the scholarship can encourage.

“It definitely means a lot to me,” Fellers explained. “It gives me a good head start in my future and when I do get hired somewhere it’ll help me. I’ll have a good foot on the right path.”

The Wind Turbine Technician Academy at Kalamazoo Valley offers students thorough training in a quickly evolving and demanding field with a bright career outlook. Today’s expanding market for clean energy continues to grow at a quickening pace, offering those interested in developing a career ample opportunity, including generous wages and traveling the country as Fellers aspires.

The Stoner Schmiege Scholarship provides trainees with a $5,000 award and an opportunity to nurture their development in the ever-evolving clean energy field in which wind turbine technicians continue to expand. The scholarship was established in 2011 through its founders, Janet Stoner and Rick Schmiege to champion the success of wind turbine technician trainees in the developing field of clean energy through Kalamazoo Valley’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy program.

If interested in more information on Kalamazoo Valley’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy, please visit Kalamazoo Valley’s Career Academies page. The next available academy begins January, 2022. Applications are now being accepted.

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