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Higher Education Key to Developing Energy Resources and Michigan’s Economy

Renewable energy sources are an important component of Michigan’s long-term energy plan.  If we develop them in well-planned and cost-effective ways, they will not only benefit our environment but also strengthen our economy and create jobs. 

Our state’s colleges and universities are vital to this long-term effort: They are educating Michigan’s next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and technicians, who will help develop and support sustainable energy solutions that are also key economic drivers for our state. 

Students Finding Jobs in Wind Energy

One such program was highlighted recently in an article on MLive.com.  Since 2009, Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) has been training students in its Wind Turbine Technician Academy, which has enjoyed job placement rates between 90 and 100 percent.  The salaries for entry-level technicians can range from $35,000 to $40,000, plus overtime and benefits. 

Investment in Wind Energy Driving Growth

Windmills have long been used to create energy, but the technology of wind energy in Michigan is moving forward faster than ever.  It will be up to young men and women like the graduates of KVCC’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy to make sure Michigan’s wind farms are kept at peak operating capacity as investment continues to grow.

Education, Job Opportunities in Other Renewable Energy Industries

Michigan students interested in jobs in the renewable energy industry aren’t limited to wind.  Similar programs at schools like Northwestern Michigan College are training students in solar power and geothermal energy.  Energy providers across Michigan support these programs because they understand the crucial role of higher education in making sure a qualified workforce is available to support Michigan’s energy infrastructure as it continues to evolve in the coming years.

Do you believe educating Michigan students to help support Michigan’s energy infrastructure is vital for our economy and energy security?  If you do, please sign the AMP petition and invite others to join our effort as well.