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International media covers Ecotech Institute and green workforce shortage

May 20, 2011

News outlets such as MSNBC.com, Reuters and Times of India are paying attention to the important role Ecotech Institute is playing in training a qualified, cleantech workforce.

Solve Climate News, for instance, profiled an example of employer interest in Ecotech Institute for wind energy technicians.

"If you look at just wind energy, the install base is getting larger and larger, so more players are coming into the space to do the development and construction work," said Doug Nieb of the Broomfield, Colo.-based Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Americas. "Everyone in the industry is competing more broadly for qualified talent."

To tackle the workforce shortage, the wind developer has teamed up with Ecotech Institute, which earlier this month unveiled a new $10 million flagship campus near Denver that will host up to 1,200 students.

"As graduates become available from this and other institutions, we'll be able to put them directly into our workforce without having to rely on on-site training," Nieb said.