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Cloud County Community College Gets $10,000 For Wind Scholarships

KSAL StaffNovember 28, 2017

A donation to Cloud County Community College will help fund students who study wind energy.

According to the school, on Thursday, October 20th, Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGP-NA), the largest wind operator in the state of Kansas, launched a wind tech scholarship program with the Cloud County Community College Foundation (CCCC). EGP-NA has provided CCCC with $10,000 which will be used to fund scholarships for students pursuing a degree and/or certificate in Wind Energy Technology (WET).

“Since entering the state of Kansas in 2008, we have continued to invest in and support the many communities we serve through local education and scholarship programs,” said Rafael Gonzalez, Head of Enel Green Power North America. “Through our partnership with Cloud County Community College, we look forward to advancing the education of future wind energy professionals and furthering the progress of the renewable energy industry in the state.”

Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to WET students with a preference given to students from Kansas and Missouri. Specific preference will be given to the eight counties EGP-NA serves, including: Lincoln, Ellsworth, Grant, Haskell, Finney, Elk, and Clark in Kansas, and Atchison in Missouri.

EGP-NA is a leading owner and operator of more than 100 renewable energy power plants across 22 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. In Kansas, the company operates five wind power plants, including the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind project – the largest in its global portfolio. EGP-NA is invested in Kansas and is committed to committed to supporting local economic development, emergency response, and schools in the communities where it operates. In the last year, EGP-NA has provided representation to sit on the CCCC WET Advisory Board and donated a Hyster Forklift to CCCC.

“Enel Green Power North America has provided a great deal of support to our wind energy program through their continued donations of equipment, scholarships, and providing guidance to improve our program,” said Bruce Graham, a Wind Energy Instructor at Cloud County Community College.  “We are very fortunate to have a partnership with Enel and we will continue to provide highly trained graduates to enter into career opportunities with them.”

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