Wind workers wanted

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Wind technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the country.

So fast, officials at Danville Area Community College say they get calls every month looking for alternative energy graduates. The professor says they get more calls than they even have students.

It’s why DACC hopes to recruit more people into the program. There are about 15 students now in the two-year program. At the end of it, graduates are ready to build and maintain wind turbines.

With the push for clean energy, wind farms are popping up all over the country. Vermilion and Macon counties have them. Ford County could soon get some too.

Wind energy professors say wind technology is a lucrative career path with lots of opportunity for growth. The professor says the wind tech field is growing so fast, there’s set to be a 40% deficit of workers by 2023.

The field is growing faster than either nursing or truck driving. Part of what makes wind turbines attractive is their zero carbon footprint. 

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