Red Rocks Community College
News Release

More information: Kim Rein

September 30, 2009


Retired Wind Turbine Gear Box Will Help Train Wind Energy Students

Xcel Energy has donated a gear box from a Micon-750 KW wind turbine to Red Rocks Community College to train students in their Wind Energy program. The 10,200 pound gear box was delivered last week to Wazee Wind, an industry partner of RRCC that specializes in wind generator repair and maintenance. Students in Wind Energy Technology and Industrial Maintenance programs will be able to partially disassemble the unit and thereby develop a solid understanding of its operation as they prepare for careers as technicians in the wind energy field.

“We are overwhelmed with the generous donation of this essential learning tool,” said Joan Smith, Dean of the Energy and Environmental Technology program at RRCC. “The relationship between our college, Xcel Energy, and Wazee Companies is key in developing a workforce training program that can successfully prepare the energy technicians of tomorrow.”

“Xcel Energy is excited about our partnership with RRCC and its wind energy technology program,” said Lou Matis, Vice President, Operations, Xcel Energy. “We hope the donated gear box will help train many students in the field and prepare them for careers in the wind energy industry. It is our pleasure to help further the educational experiences for these students.”

Wazee Wind has been instrumental in preparing students enrolled in the RRCC Wind Energy Technician Program with the core skills required of industrial maintenance personnel. Students are involved in onsite visits to Wazee CompaniesŐ Denver location as part of their RRCC course work.

About RRCC

Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has delivered quality education to students of all ages and backgrounds. RRCC offers more than 300 programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates and serves over 14,000 students per year at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

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