In 2009, Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh launched New York State’s first two-year wind technology degree program. The Wind Energy and Turbine Technology (WETT) program trains students to maintain and repair wind turbines, preparing them for jobs in the clean energy sector.
Thanks to funding support from NYSERDA, Clinton Community College was the first in the country to purchase a state-of-the-art, large-scale wind turbine simulator in 2010. Called the Turbine Nacelle Troubleshooting Learning System, or Nacelle, this equipment offers a unique platform specifically designed to train wind turbine technicians doing utility scale wind. NYSERDA funding has also allowed students and faculty to attend American Wind Energy Association conferences and receive training on the new equipment.
Enrollment in the WETT program continues to grow, with several graduates going on to work at various companies throughout the state and country. Josh Manor is one of two WETT graduates working at Noble Environmental Power, a leading renewable energy company in Churubusco, NY with a 726-megawatt generation portfolio and approximately 1,800 megawatts of wind parks under development throughout the United States.
Call 1-518-562-4170 or visit www.clinton.edu today to learn about the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program and other offerings at Clinton Community College.