President Obama Encourages Students in Wind Turbine to Prepare for the Future

{mosimage}After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

{mosimage}President Barack Obama took notice of LCCC’s cutting-edge Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine major during a January 22 visit to the college. Marr and his classmates are pioneer students on track to become among the first professionals in Ohio to earn degrees in wind turbine technology. The major has become popular among displaced workers who are using stimulus funds, such as the Make Your Layoff Payoff program, to pay for training in a new career field.

“I was a steel worker for 36-years,” said Marr.  “I had been laid off for nine months when I decided to enroll in this program. I didn’t really see a future anymore in the steel industry and I needed to work. The opportunity is here,” he said of LCCC’s Wind Turbine program.

Created in fall 2009, LCCC has the first associate’s degree credit program in Ohio in the burgeoning field of wind turbine technology. The two-year applied degree program trains students to become installation and maintenance professionals.
Obama toured the class, chatted with more than a dozen students and talked of the importance of developing alternative energy. The president then held a town hall meeting at LCCC’s Ewing Field House, during which he spent an hour answering unscripted questions from the audience.

Wind turbine power is expected to be one of the fastest-growing alternative energy sources. The desire to develop alternative energy sources is growing rapidly, here and around the world. The industry will need qualified people to service the technology that is involved, and LCCC is creating the first wave of professional to meet the expected demand.

“I joined this program because I wanted a job once I got a degree,” student Josh Labonte said. “To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose.”

With the spotlight on green energy around the world, graduates of the Wind Turbine program will be prepared for rewarding career that also has a positive impact on the environment. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind now provides enough electricity to serve 5.3 million American homes or power a fleet of more than 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles. This amount of wind capacity can generate as much electricity every year as 28.7 million tons of coal or 90 million barrels of oil. 

Additionally, the amount of carbon dioxide currently displaced by wind generation (34 million tons annually) is the equivalent of taking 5.8 millions of vehicles off the road, and that amount is expected to soar in the future. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.  At that level, wind power would support 500,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as taking 140 million vehicles off the road.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the College and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Anthony Whitmore said of Obama’s visit. Whitmore spent 15 years in the building industry before losing his job a year ago.

Those considering a career in engineering and who would like to be part of the growing green-technology industry can learn more about this exciting new program by visiting www.lorainccc.edu/energy or by calling (440) 366-7016.

President Obama Encourages Students in Wind Turbine to Prepare for the Future

{mosimage}After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

{mosimage}President Barack Obama took notice of LCCC’s cutting-edge Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine major during a January 22 visit to the college. Marr and his classmates are pioneer students on track to become among the first professionals in Ohio to earn degrees in wind turbine technology. The major has become popular among displaced workers who are using stimulus funds, such as the Make Your Layoff Payoff program, to pay for training in a new career field.

“I was a steel worker for 36-years,” said Marr.  “I had been laid off for nine months when I decided to enroll in this program. I didn’t really see a future anymore in the steel industry and I needed to work. The opportunity is here,” he said of LCCC’s Wind Turbine program.

Created in fall 2009, LCCC has the first associate’s degree credit program in Ohio in the burgeoning field of wind turbine technology. The two-year applied degree program trains students to become installation and maintenance professionals.
Obama toured the class, chatted with more than a dozen students and talked of the importance of developing alternative energy. The president then held a town hall meeting at LCCC’s Ewing Field House, during which he spent an hour answering unscripted questions from the audience.

Wind turbine power is expected to be one of the fastest-growing alternative energy sources. The desire to develop alternative energy sources is growing rapidly, here and around the world. The industry will need qualified people to service the technology that is involved, and LCCC is creating the first wave of professional to meet the expected demand.

“I joined this program because I wanted a job once I got a degree,” student Josh Labonte said. “To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose.”

With the spotlight on green energy around the world, graduates of the Wind Turbine program will be prepared for rewarding career that also has a positive impact on the environment. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind now provides enough electricity to serve 5.3 million American homes or power a fleet of more than 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles. This amount of wind capacity can generate as much electricity every year as 28.7 million tons of coal or 90 million barrels of oil. 

Additionally, the amount of carbon dioxide currently displaced by wind generation (34 million tons annually) is the equivalent of taking 5.8 millions of vehicles off the road, and that amount is expected to soar in the future. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.  At that level, wind power would support 500,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as taking 140 million vehicles off the road.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the College and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Anthony Whitmore said of Obama’s visit. Whitmore spent 15 years in the building industry before losing his job a year ago.

Those considering a career in engineering and who would like to be part of the growing green-technology industry can learn more about this exciting new program by visiting www.lorainccc.edu/energy or by calling (440) 366-7016.

President Obama Encourages Students in Wind Turbine to Prepare for the Future

{mosimage}After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

After three decades in the steel business, John Marr was faced with a layoff and an uncertain future. He enrolled at Lorain County Community College expecting to increase his skills and train for a new job. What he didn’t expect was for his educational track to draw the attention of the President of the United States.

{mosimage}President Barack Obama took notice of LCCC’s cutting-edge Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine major during a January 22 visit to the college. Marr and his classmates are pioneer students on track to become among the first professionals in Ohio to earn degrees in wind turbine technology. The major has become popular among displaced workers who are using stimulus funds, such as the Make Your Layoff Payoff program, to pay for training in a new career field.

“I was a steel worker for 36-years,” said Marr.  “I had been laid off for nine months when I decided to enroll in this program. I didn’t really see a future anymore in the steel industry and I needed to work. The opportunity is here,” he said of LCCC’s Wind Turbine program.

Created in fall 2009, LCCC has the first associate’s degree credit program in Ohio in the burgeoning field of wind turbine technology. The two-year applied degree program trains students to become installation and maintenance professionals.
Obama toured the class, chatted with more than a dozen students and talked of the importance of developing alternative energy. The president then held a town hall meeting at LCCC’s Ewing Field House, during which he spent an hour answering unscripted questions from the audience.

Wind turbine power is expected to be one of the fastest-growing alternative energy sources. The desire to develop alternative energy sources is growing rapidly, here and around the world. The industry will need qualified people to service the technology that is involved, and LCCC is creating the first wave of professional to meet the expected demand.

“I joined this program because I wanted a job once I got a degree,” student Josh Labonte said. “To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose.”

With the spotlight on green energy around the world, graduates of the Wind Turbine program will be prepared for rewarding career that also has a positive impact on the environment. According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind now provides enough electricity to serve 5.3 million American homes or power a fleet of more than 1 million plug-in hybrid vehicles. This amount of wind capacity can generate as much electricity every year as 28.7 million tons of coal or 90 million barrels of oil. 

Additionally, the amount of carbon dioxide currently displaced by wind generation (34 million tons annually) is the equivalent of taking 5.8 millions of vehicles off the road, and that amount is expected to soar in the future. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.  At that level, wind power would support 500,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as taking 140 million vehicles off the road.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the College and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Anthony Whitmore said of Obama’s visit. Whitmore spent 15 years in the building industry before losing his job a year ago.

Those considering a career in engineering and who would like to be part of the growing green-technology industry can learn more about this exciting new program by visiting www.lorainccc.edu/energy or by calling (440) 366-7016.

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