DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Lake Region State College said it has partnered with NESET to create a Wind Technician Academy in Tioga, N.D. The first session of the academy will start on Tuesday, May 26.

“We have a unique opportunity to partner with private sector industry and provide additional training for the skilled employees from the energy industry in western North Dakota to work in renewable energy,” said LRSC President Doug Darling.

The first session will include up to 16 students who will learn to work on wind turbines.

“We have an area here in Northwestern North Dakota that is rich in schooled labor, but unfortunately many of our fellow oilfield workers have recently lost their jobs due to current events," said NESET President Kathleen Neset, who has donated the use of the company’s facilities for this training.

Ladders and safety equipment will be installed for the class.

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"Our goal with this program is to give these oilfield veterans who are currently unemployed an opportunity for training so that they can stay in the energy sector and stay in North Dakota," she said.

"In a situation like we are facing right now, time is of the essence,” she said. “I am so pleased at the quick work of the team at Lake Region State College to partner with us and bring this from an idea to reality in a matter of weeks.”

Students will receive training in a 14-week accelerated program that will qualify them to work on wind turbines. The non-credit course will be run through Train ND and mirror the for credit-program at LRSC.

Additional sessions may be added based on interest in the area. Individuals or companies interested in this program should contact NESET Operations Manager Joe Griffin at joegriffin@nesetconsulting.com or 701-641-0679.