Hutchinson Renewable Energy Program Popular

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A renewable energy technology program at Hutchinson Community College is popular with students and potential employers.

The college created the program last year, using federal stimulus money. It eventually also will be offered to Hutchinson-area high school juniors and seniors.

Jackie Long, of the college's computer and industrial technology
department, says she frequently gets calls from employers hoping to
hire students in the program.

Long says the program focuses on the mechanical, electrical and
hydraulic components of energy-generating equipment. She says
employers are looking for students with those skills who can be
trained in more specific areas.

The Hutchinson News reports that the program is full with 15 students.

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