Mid State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids is already offering a new trio of programs in renewable energy this fall. But it looks like their just "warming up. " MSTC officials want to add two more related programs for fall of 2009. They've received official approval from the District Board but they need the go ahead from the State Technical College System Board.
Morna Foy, Executive Assistant of Wisconsin Technical College System, says the panel must determine if the proposed degree would be beneficial.
Officials ask employers questions like, " do you need these types of workers" or "how many jobs would you have available in the upcoming years."
The state also puts together an advisory committee of employers, faculty and committee to build a curriculum that prepares graduates for the workforce.
Mid-State says current green energy programs focus on jobs like biorefinery installer or technician. The proposed degrees are to train positions like project managers or consultants.