CASPER – Casper College announced today that it has received a federal appropriation of $295,000 to launch a new program in renewable energy.
The new program will be offered in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) in Casper. The funding from the U.S. Department of Energy will support the construction at RMOTC of a small wind generator testing and training site, which will serve as a laboratory for students in the program.
"Anyone who's ever tried to stand up straight in Casper, Wheatland, or Medicine Bow can attest first hand to the fact that Wyoming wind is truly a renewable resource," Rep. Barbara Cubin said in announcing the appropriation. "Part of the infrastructure needed to better harness that natural energy is a well-trained work force. Through their Renewable Energy Program, Casper College and RMOTC have taken the reins to foster the next generation of energy innovators. I was proud to support the renewable energy program and secure the funds necessary to ensure that the energy leaders of the 21st century are Wyoming's own sons and daughters."
According to Casper College instructor Megan Graham, who will oversee the initiative, "The program will produce well-trained technicians to enter the alternative energy field. This funding will permit us to engage new public and private partners as we move Wyoming forward in the successful exploration and usage of renewable energy."
Graham also noted that Casper College is well positioned to offer such a major. "We already offer several individual courses that are needed for this program, such as electrical power, electrical machines, and alternative energy. We also have other programs that will benefit from the new coursework and equipment. For instance, there are opportunities to add a component of energy efficient building technology to our construction technology program, and more fully explore hybrid and alternative energy fueled vehicles as part of our automotive technology curriculum.
Walter H. Nolte, president of Casper College, said "This will be the 17th new career program we have added in the past four years. We appreciate Rep. Cubin's vision for expanding opportunities for students while diversifying Wyoming's economy.”
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