Griselda Sanchez, Enrollment Advisor for the Wind Energy program at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater had the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about the wind industry thanks to the Sweetwater Chapter of the Women in Wind Energy.Â
Kim Pugh, officer for the Women in Wind Energy, learned about Sanchezâ€™s quest to further her knowledge of the industry by attending the American Wind Energy Association conference in Georgia. Pugh suggested Sanchez apply for the organizationâ€™s scholarship. In her application, Sanchez emailed her job duties and how she felt going to AWEA would assist in better doing her job.Â
Sanchez was awarded $1,677 and to attend the AWEA conference, which is the largest, most influential conference for the wind industry. The sessions covered wind safety, education workforce, workforce development as well as overseas projects. The conference also includes a huge exhibition of booths ranging from universities, companies and wind industries suppliers where I visited with other attendees spreading the word about TSTC West Texasâ€™ award-winning Wind Technology program.
The TSTC West Texas Wind Technology program, located in Sweetwater was the first winner of the AWEA Seal of Approval stamp in early 2011. The hands-on program is a leader in training top-quality wind technicians for this booming industry. TSTC has their our own DeWind 8.2 Wind Turbine available to the students for training as well as a GE 1.5 drivetrain in the classroom. The primary role of this trainer is to instruct the students in the proper procedures for generator to gearbox alignments, torqueing and installation of components and boroscoping of the gearbox.