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White Earth Wind Energy Graduates!



Minnesota West Congratulates Wind Energy Graduates from
 White Earth Reservation


 Minnesota West Community and Technical College is pleased to congratulate the first Wind Energy Mechanic graduates from the White Earth Reservation. A Graduation Ceremony was held on June 2, 2011 in honor of those students graduating with Wind Energy Mechanic and Alternative Energy Manufacturing diplomas.  These diplomas, awarded by Minnesota West and Minnesota State respectively, are the result of a collaborative effort between the White Earth Band of Ojibwa, Minnesota West Community & Technical College and Minnesota State Community & Technical College.


The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council was the recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor – Employment & Training Administration titled Pathways out of Poverty.  The goal of the program is to provide Native Americans the opportunity to receive free green jobs training and education.  With funding in place for this unique training opportunity, all of the courses were conducted on the White Earth Reservation allowing for easy access by tribal members. The true success of this program, characterized by academic achievement, demonstrates a student’s desire to advance their education and improve their career opportunities in the renewable energy industry.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to work with the White Earth Reservation and Minnesota State Community & Technical College to bring our wind energy training to northern Minnesota. We wish the Graduates the best of luck as they begin a new chapter of life,” stated Duane Carrow, Director of Renewable Energy Programs at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.

 Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievements:

Patrick Scott of Naytahwaush, MN

Russell Auginaush of Naytahwaush, MN

Delvin Keezer of Naytahwaush, MN

Amber Goodman of Ogema, MN

Debra Waukazo of Bagley, MN

Randy Hagen of Waubun, MN

Wallie Burnette of Naytahwaush, MN

Lori Hill of Ogema, MN

 For more information on green jobs training opportunities through the White Earth Pathways to a Greener Future Program contact Esther Ames, Coordinator at 218/935-5554 ext. 3295, or email

Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers over 60 technical career and liberal arts majors on five southwest Minnesota campuses in Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson, Pipestone, and Worthington as well as learning sites in Fairmont, Luverne, Marshall, and Redwood Falls, Minnesota.  The college is a leader in distance learning and Internet delivery. Minnesota West is a member institution of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, the largest provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota.