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Wind Energy receives grant from Walter Scott Foundation

Friday, November 05, 2010
The $40,000 donation will be used to enhance the educational opportunities of Wind Energy students.

Laramie County Community College’s Wind Energy Technology program continues to be the recipient of generous donations. Recently, the Walter Scott Foundation donated $40,000 to the Wind Energy Technology program to be used to enhance the educational opportunities for its students.

The Walter Scott Foundation continues to support LCCC’s Wind Energy Technology and has donated to the program over the past three years. John Lamorie, Wind Energy Technology program director and lead instructor, stated that with the help of organizations like the Walter Scott Foundation, Wind Energy Technology students directly benefit through scholarships and the purchase of supplies and equipment for the wind energy laboratory that provide the very best education possible in a growing alternative energy industry.

Laramie County Community College is grateful to the Walter Scott Foundation for its ongoing support of the Wind Energy Technology Program.

The Career and Technical Education program has several other active grants at this time. Among them are a $900,000 donation from the National Science Foundation to the program to help it develop a national curriculum for alternative energy education; $198,594 from the Department of Energy’s 20% by 2030 program; and $113,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and $600,000 from the State Energy Sector Partnership, both of which are administered by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

These grants will augment Career and Technical Education's many top-rate programs, including Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration; Engineering Technology; and the Wind Energy Program, which currently has what is considered by many in the industry to be the most advanced lab in the nation. The Wind Energy lab includes a new hub with cut-down blades that allows students to simulate a working, turning turbine accurately in a controlled environment.

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