Shell Wind Energy grants $5,000 to Eastern for safety equipment

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Submitted by DANIEL SILVER

On behalf of Shell Wind Energy, a partner with Dominion Power in the NedPower wind energy farm on Mount Storm, site manager David Myers, right, presents a check for $5,000 to Charles 'Skip' Landes, center, Advanced Technology Instructor at Eastern WV Community and Technical College and Ward Malcolm, the college’s dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.

On behalf of Shell Wind Energy, a partner with Dominion Power in the NedPower wind energy farm on Mount Storm, site manager David Myers, right, presents a check for $5,000 to Charles ‘Skip’ Landes, center, Advanced Technology Instructor at Eastern WV Community and Technical College and Ward Malcolm, the college’s dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education.

MOOREFIELD — For the second year in row, Shell Wind Energy has made a cash grant to strengthen a local college’s wind energy technician training program. Dave Myers, the company’s site manager, presented Eastern WV Community and Technical College with a check for $5000.

“Shell’s continuing support is a great vote of confidence from industry for our training program,” said Ward Malcolm, the college’s dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education. “We’re going to use the funds to purchase safety work and climbing gear for our students, so we’re especially grateful for their generosity.”

Shell partners with Dominion Power to operate the NEDPower wind farm on Mount Storm and sends a representative to Eastern’s wind program advisory committee that reviews the program’s curriculum and guides its ongoing design. “That way, we keep current on industry needs and priorities,” Malcolm emphasized, “and we know that what we’re offering in our classrooms and teaching in our technology center really does prepare our learners for today’s workplace.”

Over the last few years, several Eastern students have hired on at area wind farms, including the Mount Storm facility, Malcolm noted.

More and more the business sector is viewing wind energy as a good investment and a viable option to meet the nation’s short- and long-term energy needs. Last year in the United States alone, nearly 7,000 new turbines came online, according to the International Business Times this month. That activity reflected an investment of some $25 billion.

With its portfolio, Google Inc., known for its economic smarts and foresight and ranked 55th among Fortune’s 500, confirms the rising demand for wind power. The company “has committed more than $1 billion to renewable energy projects, including some of the world’s largest land-based wind farms,” Rick Needham, its director of Energy and Sustainability, noted in the New Jersey Star-Ledger last week.

As wind energy continues to offer business opportunity in West Virginia, too, “jobs will follow for those with the right skill sets,” the WV Department of Commerce pointed out in a website news release. “The future looks bright for people who want a career in this environmentally friendly field.”

For more information about Eastern’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education, call toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu.”

 

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