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WindTech provides hands-on training for technicians, students

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WindTech has provided hands-on training for wind technicians at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.

The continuing education program focuses on techniques like blade repair, but also includes CPR and forklift training.

Besides providing wind technicians with a re-certification opportunity, the two-day program also helps train students before they're even out of school.

"The students will be out in the field in the near future and will already have the practical hands-on knowledge directly from the vendors in the market," said Jessica East, Windpower Engineering and Development Magazine.

Wednesday, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds dropped by the college to address the importance of the WindTech energy program.

She says one big benefit of the program, high-paying jobs.

"A lot of them are working with that industry while they're getting their associates degree. So, it's a great way for us to provide outstanding jobs, wealth creation, quality of life, to keep our young people in the state of Iowa," said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, (R) Iowa.

Reynolds also met with some Siouxland middle school students who took part in a program called KidWind.

The students created their own turbines, which were tested throughout the day.

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