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Highland's technology programs benefit local employers
8/20/2012

FREEPORT Ultrasonic Power Corporation, a 40-year old company located in Freeport for nearly 28 years, is presently benefitting from the Highland Community College Wind Turbine Technician program. As a business working to create lasting educational partnerships in northwest Illinois, the company is the proud employer of recent Highland graduates.

Ultrasonic Powers Chief Executive Officer Mike Thompson, a returning Freeport resident, explained that his company is encouraged by the contributions Highland has made to the districts communities as they approach their 50th anniversary. Specifically, Thompson has been focused on the efforts of the business and technology division. He says highly-skilled graduates are critical to the future of businesses like Ultrasonic which rely on technological aptitude, specifically pertaining to green initiatives, in order to compete nationally and world-wide.

We always choose HCC for sourcing top technical talent to sustain the long-term viability of this technology-driven business, said Thompson. This year we have hired three HCC graduates. Two of the three graduates UPC has hired have come from the Wind Turbine Technology curriculum.

Electrical Technician Jesse Rillie, having completed his Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Wind Turbine Technology, is one of the three new hires. Academically, Rillie attributes his professional success to coursework in electronics, programming logic, motors and controls, and his advanced training in devices and circuits. He also heavily credits his independent study in electronics which allowed him to learn the high manufacturing standards he now encounters on a daily basis.

While the partnership between Ultrasonic Power and Highland will continue to thrive, Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson said that Ultrasonic Power is just one business inquiring about graduates from his department. Anderson says employment agencies and other area manufacturers are seeking dependable employees, often leading them to directly contact Highlands campus for referrals and job posting requirements. Additionally, he reiterated the need to nurture partnerships with local businesses for student internship and externship opportunities.

Technical and vocational programs such as Wind Turbine Technology provide a wealth of transferrable skills that are in demand across multiple industries, explained Anderson. Our graduates are flexible enough to meet the needs of local and national employers.

Any prospective or current students wanting more information on the Wind Turbine Technician program should contact 1.815.599.3637.

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OFFICE OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS
2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

815-235-6121
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