Schedule for Future Courses
January 6, 2014 - Start Date
June 20, 2014 - Graduation Date
Applications are accepted all year long. Candidates progress in this order:
- Staff will review the written application for fundamental eligibility.
- The references listed will be contacted to verify mechanical/electrical aptitude.
- The candidate will be contacted to arrange for an assessment of math skills.
- A personal interview is conducted.
- After the interview, candidates who meet the criteria will be accepted into the program. The candidate secures their seat by returning the registration material.
STEP ONE - Review of the written application
While reviewing the application, staff will look for:
- Completeness and attention to detail in filling out the application, and the ability to convey information in writing
- Self-reported interest in a career which requires travel or relocation, and the ability to work at heights
- Evidence of mechanical/electrical aptitude, work experience which includes electrical technologies, electronics and/or a mechanical field of work is ideal preparation
- Hobbies, farm work, student activity and courses of study which provides evidence of mechanical aptitude
- Criminal history and driving record consistent with employability criteria. Candidates who have been charged/arrested/convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the last three years are unlikely to be hired in the wind industry. Offenses which involve violence is scrutinized closely.
STEP TWO - References
The application cannot proceed until references respond. Candidates can assist by keeping these factors in mind:
- References are key to validating mechanical/electrical aptitude and work ethic which aligns with the industry. Please consider your references carefully.
- Tell your references that we will be calling. We attempt to reach references within 3 business days of receiving an application.
- Relatives cannot be used as references.
STEP THREE - Math Skills Assessment
Success in the academy requires a specific foundation of math skills. These skills are generally acquired in the first year of high school algebra. The math test will cover:
- Identifying points on a coordinate plane
- Mean, median and mode
- Interpreting graphs to solve problems
- Solving problems with linear equations
- Solving problems with quadratic equations
- Vector addition
- Relating fractions, decimals and percents
- Solving decimal story problems
- Solving ration, proportion and percent story problems
Candidates must score at least 80% on each segment of the assessment. Two attempts at the assessment will be allowed. If the candidate lives within an hour's drive from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College campus, testing will be conveniently scheduled at the testing center. If the candidate lives more than one hour's drive, arrangements will be made for testing at a location near their home or with a private proctor. The results are visible at the conclusion of the test. The second test should take place within 3 weeks of the first assessment. Candidates who are unsuccessful in their second attempt will have the opportunity to consult with the Director of Career Academies to discuss the options for admission.
It is not uncommon for candidates to require a second math test to be successful.
- The second test will be on the modules not passed in the first attempt.
- Free tutorial support is available. Staff will discuss these options in the follow-up call after the first attempt. All tutoring services are free and online options are available.
STEP FOUR - Interview
Candidates have the opportunity to participate in a personal interview. This is an opportunity for the staff to make final assessments related to the candidate's qualification and fit for the course. Behavior based questions are used to encourage the candidate to talk about their actual experiences and demonstration of specific skills. The interview is used to evaluate mechanical aptitude, understanding of, and desire to work within the wind industry and readiness for a full-time, hands-on learning program. Through the exchange of information the candidate is challenged to consider how well they understand the nature of the work and whether this is really the course for them. Candidates should expect to share specific examples of:
- mechanical or electrical work
- troubleshooting performed to solve a problem
- work accomplished as a member of a team
- their knowledge of the wind industry
STEP FIVE - Registration
Registration and Enrollment
Candidates eligible for admission will be offered a provisional seat in the next scheduled academy. To secure the seat in the Wind Turbine Technician Academy, the candidate must:
- Complete an application to Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and the registration form. These items are included in the acceptance packet.
- Within ten days of registering, a $500 non-refundable deposit will be due. (The deposit will be refunded if a student fails to pass the climb test or the results of the physical fitness assessment does not support safe participation in the program).
- Successful completion of a climb test on the training tower at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
- Submit verification of physical fitness from a qualified health care provider.
- Pay the full registration fee at least two weeks before the first day of the course.
The registration fee is $14,000. The fee includes all instructional expenses, books, supplies and equipment needed for the course. Students must provide their own steel-toed boots and safety glasses.
Many students benefit from a form of financial aid, and all students are encouraged to contact a financial aid representative to explore eligibility. Students who verify eligibility for financial aid will not be required to pre-pay that amount.
The Wind Turbine Technician Academy is eligible for:
- Federal financial aid
- Workforce retraining funds
- Veteran's benefits through the GI Bill
- Kalamazoo Promise
Federal Financial Aid
To determine your eligibility you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
- Make sure you designate the results to be made available to Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- Call Financial Aid at 269.488.4340. Tell them you have been accepted to the Wind Turbine Technician Academy, and ask to speak to a financial aid representative.
Workforce Retraining Funds
Unemployed and underemployed students may qualify for assistance. Inquire by contacting the agency serving your residence.
Complete information about financial aid can be found at https://www.kvcc.edu/admissions/finaid/
Veteran's benefits through the GI Bill
Veterans can be assisted by specially trained staff at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Follow this link https://www.kvcc.edu/services/veterans/ for benefit information.
This unique scholarship for graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools can be applied to the Wind Turbine Technician Academy.