ERIC Number: EJ836341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Harnessing the Power of Wind Technology
Dotson, Tawny M.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n3 p26-29 Apr 2009
"Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain" is more than just a song lyric for Oklahoma's career and technical education community. It's the acknowledgement of an untapped natural resource that has the potential to translate into both energy independence for the country and jobs for the state. Statewide, technology center instructors and administrators, Oklahoma's Department of Career and Technology Education ("Career"Tech) staff, state officials and business partners are working together to develop and deploy training programs that will foster economic development, a positive environmental impact, budget savings and create local jobs. The United States government issued a report forecasting what it would take to get 20 percent of U.S. energy from wind power. Oklahoma's Department of Commerce heard that call and is ready to be a part of the answer, relying on "Career" Tech to get the state there. Commerce department officials estimate that Oklahoma will be the nation's second-largest generator of wind power by 2030, generating 9 percent of electricity in the United States.
Descriptors: Economic Development, Sustainable Development, Vocational Education, Natural Resources, Technology Education, Power Technology, Energy Conservation, Energy Education, Statewide Planning, State Programs, State Action
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma; United States