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WITCC wind turbine start of things to come

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Students at Western Iowa Tech Community College are harnessing the wind, and a new addition will help them learn how.

A 30-foot, 400-watt turbine now sits on the northwest corner of campus. It's part of WITCC's new wind energy program.

The program's instructor says a technician is needed for every eight to ten windmills put up, and at the rate they're being built, it's a fast growing field. He says the small turbine is only the start of what's to come for the program.

"We don't have a lot of equipment yet. We do have a $500,000 grant coming from the federal government to get a large wind turbine and get more equipment," said WITCC wind energy instructor Donnin Custer.

Custer says they eventually hope to hook up to the grid to help power the college.

About 15 students are currently enrolled in the program.

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