Northern Michigan University (NMU) has received notification it was successful in its application for a $670,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to support and enhance its power technician program that was launched in the fall of 2009.
The power technician program was developed in consultation with members of the electrical power industry to provide graduates that can fill critical positions to build and maintain the electrical power grid of today and move the country to the smart grid that will be required for the future. The DOE has recognized the program as an essential piece of building a workforce to support the electrical power infrastructure and has therefore decided to provide this funding to allow the program to grow and supply essential equipment for training.
NMU is also supporting the program by providing $60,000 of scholarship money for students in the program. Additionally the local electrical power industry is providing support by constructing a mock electrical substation on NMU’s campus to provide a realistic lab for the program.