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'New' Green Technology Offerings Added

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Plattsburgh, NY. . . .Clinton Community College has received very timely, good news from the New York State Education Department. A ‘new’ Wind Turbine Service Technician certificate program request has been approved and will be offered this fall. The certificate is designed to prepare students to begin their career in wind energy or enhance current employment in the renewable energy industry. The 31 credit hour program will provide students with a strong background in industrial electricity and mechanical systems in order to safely and competently work in the wind energy industry. All credit hours in this certificate are transferable to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology A.A.S. Degree program.

Dr. Cheryl Reagan, vice president of academic affairs said, "The Wind Turbine Service Technician certificate will complement our Wind Energy and Turbine Technology A.A.S Degree that began last year. A student can complete the certificate full time in a year and the degree in two years. The graduates of the certificate will have the necessary skills to go right to work on the wind turbines. Those who choose the degree will have the skills to supervise the technicians and troubleshoot." She expressed, "We are very excited to be part of New York’s renewable energy goals and provide the opportunity for our community members to gain the necessary skills for employment."

Mark Buckley, assistant professor of the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program said, "A graduate from the Wind Turbine Service Technician Certificate program will be able to perform a variety of maintenance procedures not only on wind turbines but on a wide range of electrical and rotating mechanical systems." He said, "Classes will have an array of lab activities that will simulate problems that are commonly encountered in the field."

"Two years ago, Clinton Community College became the first and only college in New York to offer an associate’s degree in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology," said CCC President John E. Jablonski. "Today we are pleased to announce our new one-year certificate program, another first in New York State." He added, "Both programs were designed with input from national and international experts in the field, and both programs support the growing wind-power industry right here in the North Country."

For more information on the new Wind Turbine Service Technician Certificate program, contact Mark Buckley at 518 562-4303. Contact Admissions at (518) 562-4170, 800-552-1160, or visit us at:

Clinton Community College is a comprehensive community college conveniently located in Plattsburgh, New York. Approximately 2,200 students attend the college known for its academically acclaimed programs in nursing, criminal justice, liberal arts, and technology. The College is proud of its academic excellence, low tuition, small classes, excellent faculty and facilities. Students wishing to pursue a four-year degree can choose from a number of 2+2 transfer agreement options with other colleges and universities.