By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Mesalands Community College received an $8,000 grant from Xcel Energy for scholarships to students pursuing a degree or certification through the institution’s wind energy programs.
This grant will help students with economical difficulties to take the courses offered at Mesalands in an ever growing and demanding wind energy field, said Jim Morgan, director of the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
Morgan said this money is for the students, and will be used solely for the purpose of issuing scholarships to students wanting to enroll in Mesalands wind energy courses that offer unique course studies as well as hands on training.
“This grant is great and it will not only allow us to support future students in their pursuit of a degree or certification in the wind energy field but it partners us with a great company like Xcel Energy,” said Thomas Newsom, president of Mesalands.
Newsom said this runs in line with Mesaland’s recent partnership with Vaughn Schools to begin offering dual enrollment credits in Wind Energy Technology classes this semester.
Xcel energy is one of the largest providers of wind energy in this area and we are proud to support the student’s pursuit in that field at Mesalands, said David Essex, manager of community service and economic development.
Essex said it is an educational grant that is awarded by the Xcel Energy Foundation and the grant issued to Mesalands is the largest amount awarded in the area this year.
For more information about the wind energy programs offered at Mesalands call 575-461-4413.