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SCCC unveils new programs

"Energy storage development and manufacturing require a variety of specialized skill sets that are not widely available," said Tim Baechle, manufacturing leader for GE Energy Storage. "GE is excited to work with SCCC to develop the knowledge and skill sets needed in our community for next generation energy storage technology."

For the alternative energy technology program the college also worked closely with GE in development of coursework. There are two areas within the program, wind and solar energy, so students will choose one to focus on. Several GE experts worked with the college to in developing the wind energy program, said Bullock.

"Future technicians need a solid, fundamental understanding of power generation, which the (alternative energy technology) program is designed to do," said Dan Lance, global training leader for GE's Renewable Energy business.. "This degree program from SCCC offers opportunities for students to go into the battery, solar or wind businesses, and gives them a solid foundation for gas or steam turbine as well."

The Air Traffic Control program also tries to fill a need for qualified air traffic controllers locally and nationally. There are going to be a number of retirements occurring in the industry soon, said Bullock. The industry increased hiring in 2008 by 1,800 and the number is expected to exceed 2,000 till 2017, he noted.

To develop this program the college looked at the Community College of Beaver County's aviation sciences program and the criteria for the Federal Aviation Administration's requirements, said Bullock.""

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