Wind Turbine Technician Academy Graduation Slated for December 14


Twelve students from across the globe have spent the last six months, five days a week for eight hours a day in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the nation’s leading training program for wind turbine technicians. Friday, December 14, the 11 men and one woman will walk the stage at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Groves Center as graduates of the intensive training program. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

The competency-based Wind Turbine Technician Academy provides a fast track to jobs that are in demand and pay high wages. Kalamazoo Valley offers the course as a non-credit, full-time program allowing students the chance to be job-ready in less than six months. Focused on specific, hands-on competencies, the unique training model moves students from the classroom to the learning labs and into the field quickly.

According to Program Coordinator Delia Baker, five of the 12 graduates have already accepted offers for employment. “A number of students have already accepted positions but all of them are actively interviewing, some with multiple companies, to find the best fit for their future.”

Graduates include:

Justin Bansen, St. Joseph, MI

Christopher Camp, Philadelphia, PA

Craig Degenfelder, Pleasant Lake, MI

Brandon Jones, Kalamazoo, MI

Andre Llanos, Gran Couva, Trinidad

Matt Luke, Kalamazoo, MI

William McCorkle, Paw Paw, MI

Kaitlyn McDonald, Niles, MI

Nathaniel Piper, Halifax, PA

Nathan Roe, Chattanooga, TN

Zachary Trinkle, Hamburg, NY

Josh Trudgeon, Kalamazoo, MI

The program requires graduates to achieve 100 percent success in meeting industry standards in core areas of qualification. The graduates must successfully complete written assessments, practical examinations in the lab, and demonstrate their capabilities in the field.

The Academy is offered twice a year, in January and July. The next academy begins on January 3, 2019. For more information call 269.353.1253, email or visit

This article was posted on 11/30/2018.