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Louisiana’s first wind energy degree program prepares new industry workforce • Louisiana Illuminator

Louisiana’s first wind energy degree program prepares new industry workforce • Louisiana Illuminator
This fall, Nunez Community College in Chalmette will launch a two-year program that trains students for the growing wind energy sector.

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Nunez Community College in Chalmette, Louisiana is launching a two-year program to train students as entry-level turbine technicians for the growing wind energy sector. The program aims to prepare students to work high in the sky and far out at sea, supporting the development of planned offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico. The program is free for the first cohort of 20 students and offers a starting pay of $60,000 with little debt. Other Louisiana schools are also offering pathways in the wind energy sector, and the industry is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the coming years. Louisiana companies with roots in the offshore oil and gas industry have been applying their offshore know-how in the wind industry for nearly a decade. The wind energy program at Nunez Community College is seen as a generational investment that can provide pathways to high-earning jobs that don’t require four years of college.

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