The Highland Community College Wind Turbine Technician program prepares individuals to work in the wind power energy industry. Students will complete an industry-derived curriculum as they learn about the electrical power generation industry, safety at the worksite, mechanical devices, as well as hydraulic and electrical systems. Courses take place in traditional classrooms, various lab settings on campus and in local work environments in cooperation with local wind industry business partners. Graduates enter the workforce with the skills necessary to positive and immediate impact on the industry they serve. The wind program is supported by two grants: the National Science Foundation and the TAACCT Illinois Green Economy Network.