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NWTC receives energy grant to fuel sustainable practices and education

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February 6, 2024

GREEN BAY — Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) was awarded nearly $300,000 to reduce energy consumption and drive positive environmental impact within the community.

The technical college received a $250,000 grant from Wisconsin’s Office of Energy Innovation through the Energy Innovation Grant Program, and received an additional $20,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation.

Howard Herrild, associate dean of trades and engineering technologies, said NWTC is utilizing the funds to initiate a battery storage system dedicated to storing renewable solar energy for its Great Lakes Energy Education Center.

Additionally, Herrild this battery system will be integrated into the curriculum, which will provide students with training in the maintenance and troubleshooting of cutting-edge technology.

“With this grant, we are not just investing in education, we are investing in a legacy of environmental stewardship and empowering professionals who will shape the future of sustainability,” he said.

NWTC is the only technical institution in Wisconsin to offer a comprehensive training program in solar energy.

“The demand for skilled workers in this industry has never been more critical — we cannot graduate students fast enough,” John Hippensteel, NWTC solar energy instructor, said. “As solar power becomes an integral part of our future, these trained professionals play a vital role in harnessing its potential. That’s why it’s so important for our students to receive cutting-edge training so they are not only proficient in their field, but innovators empowered to create a positive change.”

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