Northwest Renewable Energy Institute Opens World of Opportunities

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Combine a love for travel and an exciting new career with Northwest Renewable Energy Institute's Wind Turbine Technician program.

Combine a love for travel with an exciting new career by enrolling in Northwest Renewable Energy Institute’s (NW-REI) Wind Turbine Technician program. NW-REI provides comprehensive training for careers in renewable wind energy, one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Learn more about NW-REI's six-month career program in wind energy by attending one of their free informational seminars at 200 Grand Boulevard in Vancouver, WA 98661 on the following dates:

  •     Tuesday, March 5th - 7:00 PM
  •     Saturday, March 9th - 10:30 AM
  •     Saturday, March 23rd - 10:30 AM

Opportunities for wind industry jobs in the Pacific Northwest are plentiful. According to the U.S. Department of Energy's map of installed wind capacity, Oregon and Washington are two of the top 10 states in the nation for wind energy use. Yet, graduates of NW-REI are not limited to work in the Northwest. Job opportunities are prevalent in other states such as Texas, California and Iowa, and internationally as well.

“This school has afforded me the chance to pursue a positive career change that fits in with my lifestyle and plans for the future. This field is growing and I can see it continuing to grow,” said Stephanie Staggs, a recent graduate of the program. “I love the accelerated program — it’s challenging, fast paced and very hands-on. The instructors are amazing and really work hard at helping you every step of the way.”

While many graduates find jobs within the United States, wind energy is utilized worldwide and many major companies in the U.S. have international affiliates. If international work is of interest, consider the scenic Andes Mountains or the Bavarian Alps. At over 13,000 feet above sea level, the Veladero wind turbine in the Andes is the world's highest altitude wind generator. The world's tallest wind turbine in Brandenburg, Germany has rotor tips that reach a height of over 670 feet. If metropolitan regions are more of interest, consider the Bahrain World Trade Center. It features two towers connected by three skybridge-mounted wind turbines, and is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design.

NW-REI is the leading renewable energy school in the Pacific Northwest. With green energy in high demand, NW-REI's in-depth technical training and valuable on-the-job experience provides the tools necessary for success in this fast-growing industry. This exciting path to a career in wind power takes students out of a cubicle and puts them 300 feet into the air on a wind turbine. Students can expect an innovative approach to wind turbine training that will include classroom-based training, computer-based training and hands-on training. The green energy training programs teach the technical skills necessary to service, repair, and maintain wind turbines.

For additional information regarding NW-REI, please visit, or contact Colleen Piller, Director of Marketing, at (360) 695-2500 or at Colleen(at)aha(dot)edu.

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