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Open House to Launch Sauk’s New Wind Energy Program on April 30

April 2009
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Sauk Valley Community College will host a special Open House to launch its exciting new Wind Energy Technology program from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009 in Room 1K4. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited.

The event will include an overview of wind energy job outlook on local, state, and national levels, an introduction of Sauk’s new adjunct wind energy instructors, a presentation on Sauk’s wind energy certificate programs, and a panel discussion with Sauk faculty and professionals from the wind energy industry.

Keynote speakers will include Bruce and Joyce Papiech, of GSG Wind Energy in Sublette. The Papiechs developed the GSG project, which includes 40 G87 turbines, and the “Adam” turbine, a newer technology, and founded the Sustainable Discovery Center – Museum, Discovery and Conference Center.

Tom Breed, SVCC counselor, will discuss the requirements for Sauk’s Wind Energy certificate programs, and Steve McPherson, assistant professor of technology, and Loren Niemeyer, assistant instructor of electronics, will be available to discuss Sauk’s wind energy curriculum.

The wind energy industry is exploding in the United States and abroad. Installation of commercial wind turbines and small wind turbines in the U.S. is creating a large demand for installers and turbine maintenance professionals. Sauk offers basic and advanced wind energy certificates that train students to become installers and maintenance professions. Sauk’s well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum includes wind energy, electronics, hydraulics, blue print reading, and physics courses that train students to become installers and maintenance professionals. Both certificates total 50 credit hours at Sauk.

Those interested in entering the wind energy field will need to have strong math, communication, and mechanical skills, and be comfortable with working in high places and confined spaces. Each student will have to complete a tower climb prior to being admitted to the program.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information on the open house or Sauk’s new wind energy technology program, call 815-288-551, ext. 208 or visit


  • Welcome
  • Wind industry and job outlook for technicians
  • Admissions to program
  • Introduction of program instructors
  • Panel – Question and Answer
    The panel will answer audience questions regarding the duties, responsibilities, life of a wind energy professional and the Sauk program.