Energy Works Michigan Grant
The Department of Engineering Technology was recently awarded a grant to publicize its innovative minor in Alternative Energy. The grant was awarded through the Michigan Renewable Schools program administered by Energy Works Michigan.
Engineering technology Professors Jack Gumaer and Michael Martin, two of the primary instructors for the specialized classes required for the minor, applied for the grant. Professor Martin comments, “The really neat thing about the alternative energy program at NMU is that it is so hands on, we have solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, as well as 2 wind turbines, all mounted on the roof of the Jacobetti Complex. The students get to work on these, as well as the behind the scenes equipment used to manage the power. They really learn what it takes to implement these systems.”
The goal of the grant program is to ensure that a skilled workforce is available in the state to support the growth of the alternative energy industry. Northern Michigan University will be reimbursed for giving presentations to junior high and high schools, with the primary topic during these visits being renewable energy and the educational opportunities in this field at NMU.
An interesting twist of this outreach program is that teams of two college students currently enrolled in the program are the ones who will be presenting at the secondary schools. Energy Works Michigan assigns schools to be visited and provides contact information for each school. Secondary schools wishing to receive a visit are encouraged to contact Energy Works Michigan (www.EnergyWorksMichigan.org).