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Highland Community College earns wind energy seal of approval
2/10/2012

FREEPORT On January 12, the Wind Turbine Technician training program at Highland Community College was awarded the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Seal of Approval. HCC is one of only nine schools in the nation to receive this distinction.

"Highland Community College understands the value of the Seal of Approval from AWEA and the statement it makes to our industry partners and our students. I am very proud of our program and the efforts taken by our staff to achieve the seal," said Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson. "Our program has been and will continue to stay strong because of our continuous improvement and ability to partner with industry and community entities."

The AWEA designation recognizes the College's commitment to strong academic curriculum and hands-on training which helps graduates emerge prepared for entry-level work in the field. For consideration, programs must have an AWEA membership, be in place for at least a year with one class of graduates, and conduct a year-long self-evaluation. Upon review of the criteria, a three-person AWEA board consisting of wind industry experts awards the final seal of approval.

The AWEA Seal of Approval is valid for two years, but programs are required to check-in with on a yearly basis to verify membership and receive the Seal of Approval logo. A follow-up safety check will also be conducted for first-time recipients next year. As an organization, AWEA does not recognize or accredit entire institutions or individuals, only programs such as Highland's meeting the application standards.

For more information about Highland's Wind Turbine Technician degree and certificate programs click here or call 815.599.3612.

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