Republic of Turkey looks to mimic Siouxland wind program
? "The Turkish market is growing. But there is not enough man power. Everything is coming from Europe," said Hunter.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) -
One Siouxland community college has such a great reputation in wind energy, people around theworldare looking to emulate it.
Thirty-five year old Ethan Hunter is a wind energy student at Iowa Lakes Community College. He's also an immigrant from the Republic of Turkey, which he says is getting into wind power, big time.
"The Turkish market is growing. But there is not enough man power. Everything is coming from Europe," said Hunter.
Ethan says that's an issue. He says it costs millions to import a workforce, when they could be trained locally. So, he wants to start a school to do just that. Called Wind Academy Turkey, it would be modeled after Iowa Lakes for good reason.
"I did my research before I attended this college. This is the best college nation wide," said Hunter.
To prove that, Ethan has brought over government representatives from the republic. They're meeting with school officials and getting a first hand look at what makes this school a success. Dignitaries are checking out everything from classrooms to structures like ILCC's 1.5 megawatt wind turbine.
What they learn they'll incorporate into their school, abroad.
Iowa Lakes instructors like the idea. They say the wind industry could always use the help.
"We cannot supply the demand of workforce almost up 2023, there's a deficit. I think the more help we have to educate people and get them in the workforce, the better," said Wind Energy Instructor Doug Enger.
Ethan says he'd like to get Wind Academy Turkey running by the end of 2013.
ILCC officials don't know what their relationship would be with the new school, but they're excited.
"This is exploratory right now, but it's pretty positive, so we'll see where it goes from here," said Wind Energy Director Dan Lutat.
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