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Women: Take Advantage of Increased Wind Energy Opportunities

Consumers continue to demand alternative energy as the wind energy industry grows. Many are seeking training in wind energy fields to take advantage of the job increase, but one major demographic is missing out.

Few women are taking advantage of the growth in green energy industries, and Austin Community College is seeking to change this. According to an article on the Austin, Texas, website, Culture.com, and as part of its Environmental Awareness Month, ACC presented a session April 11 on opportunities for women in clean energy.

The session introduced successful women in the energy field to show support for women working in the industry. Shelly Attix, coordinator of continuing education workforce special projects at ACC, said female role models in the industry is very important to getting more female recruits. As an example, she said hiring a female instructor for an introductory solar energy class increased female enrollment from nearly none to 75 percent.

Women have a place in this growing industry and should take advantage of the increased job opportunities. The U.S. Department of Energy predicted in the George W. Bush administration that wind energy would support 500,000 jobs by 2030.

To have a successful career in wind energy, or any other technical field, education is essential. “The more math you take, the more money you make. Technical skills equal money,” said Mick Normington, a business specialist at the Texas Workforce Commission.

TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers: Wind Energy and upcoming 2012 release Introduction to Wind Energy tell readers how to get started in a career in wind energy. These books include industry outlook information, career options, average salaries, required skills, and an extensive list of educational programs around the United States. These books give a comprehensive look at the wind energy industry and prepare the reader for a fruitful career.

To learn more about the wind industry, pick up a copy of TechCareers: Wind Energy Technicians by Mike Jones. Women interested in going into green energy should look into wind energy and education options like that at ACC.

Emilly

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