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Highland's WindTech TV now broadcasting curriculum online
2/17/2012

FREEPORT WindTech TV, another vital component of the three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project, is now broadcasting online to further the ability of other two- and four-year colleges to access video training modules on wind turbine repair.

The website features a logical interface that should appeal not only to students, but those wanting more information on the inner workings of turbines. Live webcasts by instructors are also planned for future broadcast.

Assistant Project Director Phil Pilcher is enthusiastic about this collaborative effort involving Highland faculty and students, an advisory committee, partnering colleges, and industry experts.

He explained the rapid growth of the industry makes access to training materials difficult, thereby allowing organizations like the NSF to fulfill the need for training programs across the country. With the launch of WindTech TV, Highland has positioned itself as an informational source on emerging green technologies, particularly wind turbine technology.

"Most wind technology programs have started within the last five years, and educational standards are evolving, making it difficult for traditional publishers to develop textbooks or other materials," said Pilcher. "To my knowledge, we are the only institution that is providing video-based learning materials, free of charge, to anyone with an interest in wind energy."

Pilcher said that primary efforts are being put towards aspects of the technology that will remain relevant for longer periods of time, such as the first modules "yaw" system explanation. As subject matter experts, electronics instructor Steve Gellings and wind turbine technician instructor Dave Vrtol are primary sources of information for these YouTube based video modules.

He emphasized that HCC has been very supportive in this endeavor. According to Pilcher, the access to the dedicated training facility, in addition to an advisory committee, will "ensure that our materials are factually correct, pertinent to students, and easy-to-use and understand."

For more information, visit WindTech TV .

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