New Renewable Electricity certificate at WITC
Renewable Electricity certificate started in January at the Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College Ashland campus. The certificate provides an
individual with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to
plan, install and maintain solar (photovoltaic) and wind renewable electrical
Renewable electricity refers to the generation of electric power by renewable
means. Today most electric power is generated by burning non-renewable fossil
fuels (primarily coal and oil). Most states have set goals of producing
commercial energy from renewable sources such as photovoltaic (PV) and wind
May, Academic Dean at WITC, and Rick Fairbanks from Northland College, met monthly for more than a year as part of an Ashland-area collaboration of
educators. This certificate is one of the outcomes from these meetings, and it
is also being offered to Northland College students as a technical minor.
“Renewable energy and sustainability are now imbedded in the recent Strategic
Plan brought forth by WITC,” May said. “We are committed to both expanding
programming in this arena, increasing the sustainability of our college
operations, and expanding our investment in renewable energies. Collaborating
with our Ashland neighbor – a model of sustainability in their mission – allows
mutual benefits to each of our colleges.”
program is ideal for Northland,” Fairbanks said. “Our students come here for a
liberal arts experience, but they also want to get their hands on real work in
fields that will have an impact on environmental problems. More and more liberal
arts colleges are looking to give this kind of practical ‘bottom’ to the
education they provide. Northland is fortunate to have a partner like WITC that
can make this happen for Northland students.”
Renewable Electricity certificate is ideal for individuals who have experience
working as an electrical contractor/electrician and desire training with
renewable energy systems; have a background in environmental issues and desire
to supplement or update their renewable energy skills; or would like to begin
work installing or maintaining in the growing fields of wind or solar
photovoltaic energy systems.
first two courses in the certificate start in January. One is Alternative
Energy Overview, which will be offered on-line, and the other, Renewable
Electricity, will run one evening per week through the winter/spring semester.
For more information or to register within WITC’s Renewable Electricity
certificate, contact Admissions Advisor Karen Hoglund at 715.682.4591, ext.
3195, or Ted May, at ext. 3252. The Introduction to PV Systems course will be
taught the last two weeks of May 2010.