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Case Study: Eastern Colorado Wind Energy Partnership

Convened by the Eastern Colorado Workforce Region, the Eastern Colorado Wind Energy Partnership covers a 25 county area. This region of the state possesses optimal wind resources which offer substantial economic and job growth opportunities. However, there has been a lack of communication with the wind energy industry regarding the quality of the existing workforce in the region, and as a result most of the current workforce is imported from other states. In addition, current training opportunities in the area are limited.

Partnership goals:
1) Provide utility grade wind energy employers with a skilled labor pool;
2) Engage secondary education to develop a pipeline of talent for future workforce needs; and
3) Align workforce, education, economic development, and education services to address the workforce needs of the industry.

To address these goals, the partnership has launched two signature wind programs supported by training providers in their partnership- Northeastern Junior College (NJC) and Pueblo Community College (PCC). NJC has had an associate’s degree program in this area for some time (see course credit advising summary) and recently added a Summary Wind Energy Institute (click here for a comparison). PCC offers a rigorous technical skills training course for which participants receive the opportunity to interview with Vestas, a national wind firm, upon completion of the program. This program has been so successful that to date, over 50 participants have been trained and the partnership contributed another $10,000 to PCC.

View a one-page summary of this partnership.

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